Marble in the Mountains – Econometrics of Quarrying and Transporting Building Stones for the Temple of Athena Alea at Tegea, Greece

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Abstract

The temple of Athena Alea at Tegea in southern Greece was built in the fourth century BCE and it is one of the most imposing monuments of the Late Classical period in mainland Greece. The project employed locally quarried stones: the foundations are of conglomerate and the superstructure of Doliana marble. The volume of used stone can be reconstructed on the basis of in-situ foundations and the architectural members at the site. Comparative labour cost rates can be used to calculate the cost of quarrying and transport of the material to the sanctuary. The figures can then be used to estimate the time frame of the construction project and the number of skilled and unskilled workmen needed to carry out the project within a reasonable time. The chapter presents a model of how the quarry volume, supply and transport of local building stones at Tegea can be quantified.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShaping Cultural Landscapes. Connecting Agriculture, Crafts, Construction, Transport, and Resilience Strategies
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherSidestone Press
Pages175–185
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6426-097-7
ISBN (Print)978-94-6426-095-3, 978-94-6426-096-0
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2022

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