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Source Image: PR205_12_23 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Detail of a Roman soldier gathering building supplies.

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
Roman SoldierTreeBuilding  
Collections
Column of Trajan, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Drill
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The drill is used both to allow an access point for deeper carving by the channelling tool and to add details to the leaves of the trees.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The channelling tool is used, in this instance, particularly deeply around the tree in order to distinguish the tree from the background.

Notes

The soldier is lacking a tool to cut down the tree which he is supposed to be chopping. The tool was intended to be added at a later date in metal, although in this case it is difficult to tell if the hole has been drilled for the attachment.

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