I look forward to your response about the OP.
> But for now (if OK) it seems that this mons claudianus "quarry"
> has lots of these columns.
> ( I can see at least a dozen full ones on google image)
> Various sizes some still standing, are we sure this wasn't a
> temple site that became a quarry?
Scroll up to page 71 Stone Quarries in the Roman Period.
The Red Land: The Illustrated Archaeology of Egypt's Eastern Desert
Read down to the end to pg 93.
Over 9,000 ostraca (pieces of clay with writing) were found at Mons Claudianus detailing work in the quarries down to what they were paid and ate.
Hopefully now this stupid conversation can be over.
*Sigh*. And to the comments above about what the column is made of, not to mention the several dozen other quarried objects including other columns and the quarry itself, it is not "red marble", it granodiorite, a bother of granite, often in laymen terms referred to for convenience as granite. Jeezus.
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