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Source Image: PR302_02_21 of South Archway of Aphrodisias: Agora Gate

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Description

Detail of the interior of the south archway of the Agora Gate.

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

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The surfaces of these blocks are worked with a point chisel, held close to the vertical but used relatively lightly.

2. Guideline

Process
Laying-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Several sets of guidelines seem to be incised on these blocks to show where a recess should be carved. On the top block the carving of this section had started but was never finished.

3. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The fact that the carving is different on each block shows that it was done before they were put in place.

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