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Source Image: PR114_04_02 of Aliki Quarries of Thasos Quarries

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Description

Column drum in the Aliki Quarries on Thasos.

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

Location

Original Location
Aliki 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
This column drum has been roughed-out with the point chisel. It was also split from the rock-face but abandoned before being loaded onto a ship, presumably because it was damaged in some way.

1. - Quarry Debris

Process
Quarrying
Description
This roughed-out column drum was found among the quarry debris. This might be a reject or was never exported for some other reason.

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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