> A number of ostraca from Mons Claudianus suggest that finished
> artefacts were to be reported to the procurator caesaris
> (information from A. Bulow-Jacobsen). If this is the case,
> the rock seems to have been the subject of an imperial
> monopoly, and quite distinct from other stones involved in
> the Imperial ratio marmorum or 'marble bureau' in Fant's (1992)
> apt translation."
> Peacock et al 1994
Does the ostraca provide us with a definition of what is meant by "...suggest that finished artefacts were to be reported..." in that context? What is meant by "finished artefacts"? Do we have a direct translation of the ostraca?
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?