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Source Image: PR932_01_17 of Marino Quarries

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Description

Squaring of a block in the Marino quarries in the Alban Hills near Rome.

Monument
Marino Quarries 
Monument Type
Quarry 
Material(s)
Peperino (Visual identification)  
Date
post bc 700 
Keywords
Roughed-out Object  
Collections
Italy Marino  

Location

Original Location
Marino 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Squaring
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
This block is in the process of being squared along its upper surface with the point chisel.

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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