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Source Image: PR316_02_19 of Marmara Adası Quarries

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Description

Roughed-out blocks in a quarry on Marmara Adası (ancient Prokonnesos).

Monument
Marmara Adası Quarries 
Monument Type
Quarry 
Material(s)
Prokonnesian Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
post bc 600 
Keywords
QuarryingRoughed-out Object  
Collections
Marmara Adası  

Location

Original Location
Marmara Adası 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Squaring
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
The two blocks visible here have been roughly squared following quarrying and then abandoned, presumably because flaws were discovered.

Notes

Quarrying activity on Marmara Adası (ancient Prokonnesos) began in the Classical period, if not earlier, and continued through the Byzantine and Ottoman period up to the present day. The peak period of quarrying on the island prior to the modern period was the Roman period, however. Prokonnesian marble is white with fine, sometimes thicker, grey veins.

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