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Source Image: PR302_02_11 of Stairway of Aphrodisias: Agora Gate

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Description

Wall with the remains of a robbed-out stairway on the Agora Gate.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Agora Gate 
Monument Part
Stairway 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
bc None 
Keywords
Block DivisionAshlar WallStairs  
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 lower surfaces of the blocks in the side wall have been roughly squared with the point chisel but not worked any further. This section of the wall would have been hidden from view when the steps that have since been removed abutted it.

2. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The fact that the point chiselling is differently orientated on each block indicates that this was done before they were put in place, while the smoother chiselling above this, which corresponds to the top edges of the steps, crosses the joints between blocks and appears to have been done in place

3. Toolmarks

Process
Flattening
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The slightly inset flat strip which correspond to the edge of the steps which originally abutted this wall is tooth chiselled. This strip was presumably flattened to ensure a close join between the stair blocks and this wall.

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