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Monuments: Thasos Quarries

Thasos was an important quarrying centre in the Roman period. White marble extraction on the island began as early as the Archaic Greek period, though little material was exported at this date. As demand for white marble grew through the Classical and into the Hellenistic period work at the various Thasian quarries intensified. This reached its culmination in the Roman and Late Roman periods, when demand from first Rome and then Constantinople led to large amounts of marble being quarried on Thasos. More

The city of Thessaloniki (ancient Salonika) also used considerable quantities of Thasian marble in its buildings and funerary monuments. The largest quarries on the island are on the south coast, at Aliki especially, where a variety of calcitic marble was quarried. On the north-east coast, dolomitic marble was also quarried at various sites.

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ObjectType object (7)
bc 700 - ad 600 



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