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Source Image: PR115_01_01 of Cava di Cusa Quarries

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Description

View of the Cava di Cusa quarries near Selinunte on Sicily.

Monument
Cava di Cusa Quarries 
Monument Type
Quarry 
Material(s)
Limestone (Visual identification)  
Date
circa bc 600 - circa bc 400 
Keywords
Roughed-out Object  
Collections
Cava di Cusa  

Location

Original Location
Selinunte 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
These large column drums were shaped in the quarry before they were split from the rock-face along their bases. The channels carved around these drums were not wide enough for the quarrymen to use quarry picks and so were presumably cut out with point chisels.

Notes

The Cava di Cusa quarries are some of the best preserved Classical period quarries. Located close to the Greek city of Selinus on Sicily they were the source of materials for the large extra-mural temples at the site. The drums abandoned in them seem to have been intended for Temple G at the city which was never finished.

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