From Alyki to Saliara
A comparison between ancient and modern quarrying
The history of ancient marble quarrying starts at 6th Century BC in Thassos island, introduced by Parian marble crafters (Paros island had developed already quarrying methods and techniques in the Lichnites quarries). Main quarrying area was the east side of Alyki peninsula, where the visitor can admire today the astonishing sight of the old quarries, either on a panoramic view from the top of the hill of Alyki or on a perimetrical view by boat. The ancient quarrying spots – with the aid of the waves that polished the stone – have created small natural ponds and pools, where white of the stone and the wave’s foam contrast on blue of the sea and the sky.