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Source Image: PR205_1_16_07 of Column of Trajan

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Description

Roman legionary building a fort.

Monument
Column of Trajan 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Luna Marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa ad 113 
Keywords
Roman SoldierBuildingBuildingTool  
Collections
Column of Trajan, Rome  

Location

Current Location
Rome 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The edge of a flat chisel was used to create the thatched effect on the roof to the left.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Outlining
Tool
Channelling Tool
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The figure was delineated from the background by using a channeling tool.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
The marks of the drill are visible in the curls of this figure's hair.

Notes

This soldier holds a hammer which is similar to mason's hammers shown on Roman tombstones. There is considerable variety in the range of hammers depicted on the Column of Trajan. This soldier is also holding a chisel which looks like a point chisel even though he is carving wood. A lot of effort was also put into completing this figure's facial features and hair making it look almost like a portrait.

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