Quarrying of soft stone through history

Krauchthal: Extraction marks from the pickaxes in the difficult corners

Krauchthal, Berne, Switzerland, around 1900: Extraction marks from pickaxes in difficult corners

Quarrying of soft stone has been done with remarkably uniform methods over the last 5000 years. From Ancient Egypt to modern Norway – soft stone, like sandstone, limestone and soapstone, was nearly always taken from bedrock using chisels or picks. I have collected a few previous posts about this phenomenon, and hope they may be of interest:

About Per Storemyr

I work with the archaeology of old stone quarries, monuments and rock art. And try to figure out how they can be preserved. For us - and those after us. For the joy of old stone!
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