Author: Audrey (68.238.77.---)
Date: 25-Jun-15 00:51
> This might well have been asked and answered previously, so
> apologies for repeating it and all that.
> If these columns were quarried and shaped by somebody before
> the Romans arrived on the scene, then should we expect to see
> tool marks different to any that the Romans might have made?
It wasn't asked, probably should have been. emphasis added by MJT.
I read one paper that said there were no saw marks so they concluded the romans didn't use saws.
That's all I can contribute since I don't know what tools and methods the romans typically used at that time.’
Firstly, my thanks to Audrey for taking the trouble to respond to my post; it’s much appreciated.
Now, is there anybody here who can add to Audrey’s comment?
When I say ‘tool marks’ I have in mind mainly chisels.
If there were two entirely separate groups of people involved in the quarrying of these Mons Claudianus columns, then I would imagine that their chisels (or indeed any other tools they used) would not have been identical; therefore forensic archaeology would show us whether or not there were two entirely separate groups of people involved.
Like Audrey, I ‘don't know what tools and methods the romans typically used at that time.’
So few answers - and not one of them mine.