> As I've been saying, it makes absolutely no sense to shape and
> smooth a column while still at that quarry. The fact that
> they're apparently marble (and NOT granite) makes them even
> more prone to damage during transportation -- the granite
> allegedly ordered by Hadrian had to be shipped 100km on land
> from the Mons quarry to the shipping port before it could make
> it trip across to Italy.
> A far more credible explanation based on the physical evidence
> is that this was an established site with completed buildings
> which were scavenged for parts that were repurposed by the
> later civilization. This site strikes me as being similar to
> Baalbek in that regard since there's evidence the Romans
> scavenged there as well.
I am yet to read the 20 or so pages that Thanos kindly provided, which I presume supports
his view. I will read it, maybe you ought too?
I think you will find Hadrian had constructed a lock like, Suez type, canal.
I would have to re research that but it might not involve the amount of land travel
that you think/presume?
Reducing weight at quarry makes sense... maybe the blanks we are looking at
aren't the finished goods?
They do look a lot softer than granite to me.
You might have a good point but I'll read Thanos's info first .