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Source Image: PR114_04_05 of Aliki Quarries of Thasos Quarries

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Description

Roughed-out column shaft in the Aliki Quarries on Thasos.

Monument
Thasos Quarries 
Monument Part
Aliki Quarries 
Monument Type
Quarry 
Material(s)
 
Date
bc 700 - ad 600 
Keywords
Quarry DebrisRoughed-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
An initial stage of relatively rough shaping with the point chisel is visible on the lower side of this column shaft.

1. - Quarry Debris

Process
Quarrying
Description
Most of the debris visible in this image is leftover from quarrying. Occasionally larger blocks - like this roughed-out column shaft - are found among this debris. This might be a reject or was never exported for some other reason.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
A second stage of finer roughing-out has been started on the upper side of this shaft but was abandoned before the object was worked all the way around.

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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