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Source Image: PR311_06_08 of Roughed-Out Lid of Iscehisar Quarries: Sarcophagi

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Description

Partially roughed-out sarcophagus lid from the Bacakale Quarry, Iscehisar.

Monument
Iscehisar Quarries: Sarcophagi 
Monument Part
Roughed-Out Lid 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Dokimeian marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
ad 150 - ad 275 
Keywords
LidRoughed-out Object  
Collections
Iscehisar  

Location

Original Location
Iscehisar 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Hollowing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
The bottom and inside of this chest have been roughed-out with the point chisel while the exterior has been left rough.

Notes

This roughed-out lid (lying upside down so that the inside is visible) was found during the removal of ancient spoil as part of modern quarrying activity on the site. The Bacakale Quarry is the largest quarry at Iscehisar (ancient Dokimeion) and the focus of modern activity. Both white and coloured marble are extracted here, the latter a white-cream breccia with purple veins (pavonazzetto). Several forms of sarcophagus chest and lid were roughed-out in the quarries but few were abandoned at such an early stage of work.

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