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Title: Granite and Rock Crystal Quarrying in the Civitas Ammaiensis (North-Eastern Alentejo, Portugal)
Subtitle: A Geoarchaeological Case Study
Author(s): TAELMAN, Devi , DEPREZ, Sarah , VERMEULEN, Frank , DE DAPPER, Morgan
Volume: 84 Date: 2009
This paper presents the results of a geoarchaeological research project in the north-eastern Alentejo region of Portugal. The study focused on the granite and rock crystal exploitation in the territory of the Roman town of Ammaia. By means of non-destructive survey methods, performed by an interdisciplinary team of archaeologists, geomorphologists and geologists, the main quarries in the Civitas Ammaiensis were identified and investigated. The survey project aimed at gaining a clearer insight in the extractive industries of the town and, on a higher level, at gaining a better understanding of the economic and spatial organization of the town and its hinterland.