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Source Image: PR114_03_23 of Aliki Quarries of Thasos Quarries

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Description

View of a small quarry-face in the Aliki Quarries on Thasos.

Monument
Thasos Quarries 
Monument Part
Aliki Quarries 
Monument Type
Quarry 
Material(s)
 
Date
bc 700 - ad 600 
Keywords
QuarryfaceRoughed-out Object  
Collections
Thasos  

Location

Original Location
Aliki 

Evidence for working practices

1. Quarry-face

Process
Quarrying
Description
A small quarry-face is visible here in which relatively small blocks were extracted. One, which has been partially worked, has been left where it was quarried.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Hard
Description
The surfaces of this block have been roughed-out with the point chisel

Notes

Numerous quarries were exploited on Thasos during the Roman period, most located on the coast where the material from them could be loaded easily onto waiting ships. Both dolomitic and calcitic white marble were quarried on the island from the Archaic to the Byzantine periods. The quarries at Aliki were important sources of calcitic white marble.

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