From Alyki to Saliara
A comparison between ancient and modern quarrying
Contrary to today’s quarrying practices - that priority goes to the rational and scientific exploitation of the reserve for maximization of the yield and minimizing waste - ancient quarries were excavating marble upon order. Quarry master was ‘searching’ for the proper spot for excavation of the stone to fulfill his order, based on the dimension and volume of the order, and restrained by the cracks and quality characteristics of the available surface reserves. The stone was excavated utilizing the natural cracks whenever possible, and riddling with brads and wedges the solid sides.