From Alyki to Saliara
A comparison between ancient and modern quarrying
Unlike today’s practices, the stone was largely shaped in the quarry according to the order. The curving of the stone was done on site, and the columns, the capitals, the copestones and the other artifacts where almost completely cut-to-size and curved, by specialized teams, before loaded to the boats for delivery to the project. The only works remaining would be minor curving required by their installation, and possibly artificial coloring.