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The Cusa Quarries are the place where the Selinuntians took the rocks to build the temples C, F and G of their town.
It extend about 1700 meters and in about 150 years of activity have provided more than one hundred and fifty thousand cubic meters of stone.
The mining activity stopped abruptly, in 409 BC, due to the destruction of Selinunte by the Carthaginians; the particularity that makes this place unique of world interest consists in fact that having been suddenly abandoned the works, it is possible to reconstruct all the phases about the working of the stones, from the extraction to the transport and the final processing.
In the quarries there are still more than 70 architectural pieces in the different processing phases, from those just sketched in the rock to those already ready for transport.
There are mainly columns, lintels and capitals.
The remains indicate that the calcarenite block was selected with a fine grain and a low percentage of sand.
Tracing the furrows between one and the other was made so that the space necessary for the work of the picks remained.
When the work stopped, work was being carried out on the extraction of the blocks for the G temple of Selininte; this is demonstrated by the presence of mighty blocks with diameters from 2 to 3.60 meters, dimensions that suited the colossal temple G, which remained the only one ever unfinished.
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