This rock is a monogenic calcareous breccia quarried in ancient Bithynia, near Vezirhan (Bilecik,
Turkey) and not far from the important river Sagarius (now Sakarya) that gave the name to the
stone. The breccia consist of angular, white-rose clasts of varying size resting in a compact matrix,
of which there are several chromatic varieties; pink, bright coral red (hence the name breccia
corallina) and brown. The stone was probably introduced to Rome in late Augustan times, and was
used until the end of the Empire, predominantly for medium-sized columns, tondi, wall and paving
slabs, etc. The quarries are well preserved and display frequent marks from the ancient quarrying
techniques on the vertical quarry faces.
Text by Lorenzo Lazzarini
Breccia corallina, samples from the quarry of Vezirhan. Photo by Lorenzo Lazzarini
Fragment of the slabs of breccia nuvolata facing the Serapeum of Leptis Magna. Photo by Lorenzo Lazzarini
Topographical sketch of the quarries of Vezirhan.
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