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Source Image: PR228_01_05 of Carrara Quarries

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Description

Roughed-out blocks in a quarry at Carrara.

Monument
Carrara Quarries 
Monument Type
Quarry 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
post bc 50 
Keywords
QuarryfaceRoughed-out Object  
Collections
Carrara  

Location

Original Location
Carrara 

Evidence for working practices

1. Quarry-face

Process
Quarrying
Description
The quarry-face here is broken up by numerous natural fissures which would have made extracting large blocks difficult.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
The blocks in the foreground have been roughed-out with the point chisel, but these might date to the 19th or early 20th centuries.

Notes

The quarries at Carrara, near ancient Luna, are among the largest in the world and an important hub of the international marble trade. Large-scale quarrying in this region started under Julius Caesar and continued through the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. For much of this period Luna marble was the most commonly imported white marble at Rome. Later quarrying has destroyed many of the remains of ancient quarrying at Carrara. Several varieties of white marble are quarried at Carrara as well as a streaked grey variety called Bardiglio.

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