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Source Image: PR932_01_14 of Marino Quarries

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Description

Peperino extraction at Marino in the Alban Hills near Rome.

Monument
Marino Quarries 
Monument Type
Quarry 
Material(s)
Peperino (Visual identification)  
Date
post bc 700 
Keywords
QuarryingWedge holes  
Collections
Italy Marino  

Location

Original Location
Marino 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Quarrying
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
Marks of the point chisel are visible on the face of the blocks which have been marked out ready for extraction.

2. Wedge holes

Process
Quarrying
Tool
Wedge
Description
Wedges have been applied along the base of these blocks to split them from the bedrock. The quarryman here is hammering these wedges in.

Notes

Peperino is a grey-brown volcanic tuff used extensively at Rome for building from the Archaic period right through to the modern day. In the Roman imperial period, tuff walls were often faced in marble or travertine. The main source of peperino are the Alban Hills, though other sources exist to the north of Rome, around Viterbo.

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