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The Art of Making in Antiquity is an academic project designed for the study of Roman stoneworking.
Centred on the photographic archive of Peter Rockwell, this website aims to enhance current understanding of the carving process and to investigate the relationship between the surviving objects, the method and sequence of their production and the people who made them.
The resource comprises around 2,000 images, largely Roman monuments with a selection of contextual sources, accompanied by analysis of the working practices underlying their making.
This two-year AHRC-funded project develops an innovative approach to ancient sculpture by interpreting techniques through the lens of practical craft experience. It will build an online resource around a unique and unpublished photographic collection documenting the tools, techniques and working practices of Roman stone carvers. It goes beyond conventional archival projects by integrating an expert analytical commentary on the objects based upon applied knowledge of making and new synthetic studies responding to and expanding upon the data collected.