> Audrey wrote:
> > I think my skepticism of archaeology is of a different nature
> > than others here. I worked in the construction industry and
> > find it hard to believe they are qualified to investigate
> > construction and quarrying.
> I know what you mean ..
> They tend to use the term "quarrying" as a generalisation for
> stone cutting, salvage, acquisition and removal.
> For example, "The pyramids were "quarried" for their casing stones".
> Not technically correct in a construction context, but it's OK,
> every discipline has it's own language and vocabulary.
Thanos mentioned that Hadrian took office around 117 AD. I've read that Mons C. went through a "break in operation" circa 125 AD to about 135 AD, and then only came back to what sounds like a skeleton crew there after that (i.e, when "squatters" occupied much of the "fort" and turned it into a slum). That only leaves about 8 years for Hadrian to acquire all that stone for his buildings. I'd love to see a construction manager's assessment of how all that could happen in such a short time with the 110 skilled workers and 130 "quarries" at their disposal to account for the construction we see, the rubble left behind, and how well it all correlates with the ostraca.
It's not yet clear to me that this is a balanced equation.
Post Edited (26-Jun-15 15:35)
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?