The abandoned quarry at penteli

The abandoned quarry at penteli

The abandoned quarry at penteli a Terrifying place /shot Phantom 4/Nea Penteli, Vorios Tomeas Athinon, Greece/A Creepy Abandoned quarry at north of athens ,penteli mountain . Rocks of Ages by Tom Zoellner In the rugged hills that surround Athens, Greece, a single peak yielded much of the stone that for nearly 2,500 years supplied some of history’s most famous sculptors and architects. That Mt. Pentelikon was the source for such works as the Parthenon was well-known. But now, thanks to a UGA geology student, scholars are closer to determining exactly where on the mountain a given stone originated. “The ability to identify the source of the marble assists archaeologists, art historians and museum curators in piecing together ancient trade routes, dating artifacts, giving insight into changing aesthetic values and determining modern forgeries,” said Scott Pike, who reported his findings at the 112th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.In his doctoral dissertation, Pike divided Mt. Pentelikon into three basic marble units, which he called — in true classical style — I, II and III.“Each quarry area has isotopically distinct areas,” he said. Using chemical analysis, scientists now can trace many statues and columns to one of these areas.Pike said he hopes eventually to calibrate his database further, to a point where even specific quarries can be identified as the original home of a given piece of Grecian marble.“We can increase our understanding of how the marble was quarried from the mountain and how it was transported into the city,” he said. “We may also be able to distinguish between those quarries that were privately owned and those that were public.”The first large-scale project to use Pentelic marble was the “older” Parthenon. Destroyed in 480 B.C., it was a precursor to the famous temple of the same name that later sat on the same site. researchmagazine.uga.edu

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