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Quarry landscape of the month

June 2008: Marmor Triponticum, Pneunomusium, Occhio Di Pavone, Province of Izmit, Turkey.

This stone is a fossiliferous limestone composed of red, beige, rose or purple cement with circular or oval white shells (rudists), which brings to our mind the eyes of a peacocks tail. These types of limestones are commonly termed “Lumachella”, due to the beautiful play of colours displayed by the rudist fossils. The ancient quarry is situated at Kutluca (ancient Bithynia) a village in the province of Izmit, Turkey. The limestone was probably introduced in Rome in the late Trajanic period and was quite widespread in Byzantine monuments of Constantinople and elsewhere, until the end of the 10th century. It was used as wall and paving slabs, columns, doorways, doorjambs and sarcophagi.

Text and photos by Lorenzo Lazzarini.

 

Location map

Detailed map showing the location of Marmor Sagarium and of  Marmor Triponticum

 

Macroscopic aspect of Marmor Triponticum. Top: sample of the occhio di pavone rosso from a marble workshop of Gebze. Below: sample of the occhio di pavone pavonazzo taken from the quarry

 

View of the great quarry of the beige variety of “occhio di pavone” near Kutluca

 

Photomicrograph of a thin section of the pavonazzo variety showing a section of rudist (left) in a matrix containing pellets. N+, 17X

Map of distribution of Marmor Tripontium artifacts, each number corresponds to an ancient locality (for ref. see the relevant paper by L. LAZZARINI in forthcoming ASMOSIA VII proceedings)

 

 

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NEWS
December 2009
New book: a special volume with papers from the QuarryScapes project soon printed.
November 2008
Final workshop: the third QuarryScapes workshop was held in Aswan 12. - 15. October
June 2008
Final Reports: available for download
June 2008
More Palaeolithic quarries in Aswan Recent visits to the Aswan West Bank in Egypt have added new discoveries...

April 2008
QuarryScapes third workshop Aswan, October 12-15 2008

April 2008
Rescue of an obelisk top in Egypt Aswan, March 2008

December 2007
Second QuarryScapes Workshop 18-21 October 2007, Petra, Jordan

December 2007
Final Reports: Aswan West Bank Ancient Quarry Landscape

March 2007
New Aswan City: Rescue survey in progress

March 2007
QuarryScapes fieldwork in Egypt: The final season of survey at the Aswan silicified sandstone quarries revealed previously undocumented ancient paved roads

December 2006
Second Aswan field season The second QuarryScapes fieldwork season in Aswan took place through November 2006.

November 2006
First symposium
The first QuarryScapes symposium took place at Divan Talya hotel in Antalya (Turkey) 15-17 October 2006.
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