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Source Image: PR302_07_08 of South Archway of Aphrodisias: Agora Gate

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Description

Detail 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 DivisionVoussoirAshlar Wall  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The voussoirs of this arch are shaped with the point chisel, used quite lightly, and then sections of them gone over with a tooth chisel.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Flattening
Tool
Tooth Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
Tooth chisel marks are visible on those flat surfaces of the voussoirs which were not intended for further ornamentation.

3. Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The way in which the different fasciae on the voussoirs do not quite line up across blocks indicates that the point and tooth chiselling noted above was completed before they were inserted into the building.

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