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Source Image: PR318_01_07 of Kara Göl Quarry of Teos Quarries

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Description

Roughed-out blocks in the quarries at Kara Göl near Teos.

Monument
Teos Quarries 
Monument Part
Kara Göl Quarry 
Monument Type
Quarry 
Material(s)
Africano (Visual identification)  
Date
circa bc 150 - circa ad 300 
Keywords
Roughed-out Object  
Collections
Teos  

Location

Original Location
Sığacık 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
These various roughed-out blocks have been roughed-out with the point chisel. The column sections are left with collars at either end to protect them during transport. The stepped block is cut in this way so that as little stone as possible is wasted during the squaring process.

1. - Quarry Debris

Process
Quarrying
Description
Most of the debris visible in this image is leftover from quarrying. Occasionally larger blocks - like these roughed-out examples, including columns - are found among this debris. They might be rejects, due to a fault, or never left the quarry for some other reason.

Notes

The quarries at Kara Göl near Sığacık (ancient Teos) are the largest known source of the popular black-red-green-white marble known in antiquity as Marmor Lucullum and in the Renaissance as Africano. The quarry is now a lake but large quantities of roughed-out blocks, many of them stepped for sawing into revetment and paving panels, have been found on the site.

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