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Source Image: PR302_01_09 of South Wall of Aphrodisias: Agora Gate

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Description

View of the southern wall of the Agora Gate.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Agora Gate 
Monument Part
South Wall 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
bc None 
Keywords
Block DivisionGuidelineLifting bossAshlar Wall  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Squaring
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
The rough surfaces of these blocks are point chiselled.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The edges of some of these blocks and the socle at the bottom are worked with the flat chisel, presumably to ensure that the joins between them were flush.

2. - Guideline

Process
Laying-out
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
A guideline is visible on one of these blocks which was apparently used to line it up during construction.

3. Lifting boss

Process
Placement
Description
Four lifting bosses, used for securing ropes around these blocks during lifting, are visible in this image. These would eventually have been removed during the smoothing of these surfaces, a stage of work which was never completed here.

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