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Source Image: PR205_1_01_11 of Plate XXXI / Scene XL of Column of Trajan

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Description

A carroballista (cart-drawn artillery weapon).

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Part
Plate XXXI / Scene XL 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
Roman SoldierBlock DivisionHorseWaggonArtillery  
Collections
Column of Trajan, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The way in which even fine details - such as the spokes of the wheel and legs of the horses - cross the joint between column drums shows that this work must have been completed in place.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A narrow flat chisel or a channelling tool has been used to outline certain details of the horse, notably its tail and back legs, to make them stand out from the background.

Notes

In this very weathered section a certain level of damage can also be seen along this line. This might be because carving close to the edges of these blocks caused increased micro-fractures in the stone that make it more susceptible to weathering.

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