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Franklin’s owner Frank Beyette plans to transform a quarry (pictured) opposite his restaurant into an outdoor music venue. Photo by Robert Layman, Rutland Herald.

Idle quarry mooted as a live music venue

An old marble quarry could become home to rock of a very different kind if plans by a restaurateur to transform it into an outdoor music venue succeed. Read more »
Two workers scale the cliffs of the quarry to remove any clutter that could harm quarry workers. Image courtesy: The New York Times.

History of marble brought to light

The demand for marble currently fuelled by the Middle East has brought the rich back story of the marble-producing quarries of Italy back into the spotlight. Read more »
Villa Maria’s award-winning McDiarmid Hill vineyard, as pictured from the entrance to Patutahi Quarry.

Good neighbours: A story of fine wine and lime

It’s not often you come across a situation in which the quarry neighbour gratefully appreciates any dust coming their way. Alan Titchall explains. Read more »
The cup marks found at Kaizer Hill quarry appear to be evidence of early large-scale tool manufacture.

Ancient quarry captures civilisation’s cultural evolution

A primitive quarry that was recently uncovered is believed to be evidence of shifting attitudes at a time when civilisation was moving towards agricultural practices. Read more »
The Quarry Amphitheatre is now a popular outdoor venue for concerts and other stage productions.

Limestone quarry’s second life

A former quarry that is now used for performing arts and other local events once played a prominent role in the development of a major Australian city. Read more »
Researchers believe they now know how the bluestones at Stonehenge were quarried and transported.

Research chips away at Stonehenge mystery

Researchers claim to have discovered more about the ancient quarrying techniques behind the creation of Stonehenge while excavating two quarries they believe yielded the mysterious monument’s iconic stones. Read more »
CCSU Professor Kenneth Feder believes the ancient soapstone quarry captures the moment when industry shifted to ceramic technology. Source: The CCSU Courier.

Ancient quarry offers clues on cultural shift

An ancient quarry is believed to provide a snapshot of the moment when industry adopted new technology for cooking vessel manufacturing. Read more »
The restoration project for Victoria’s Parliament House is using Australian bluestone and sandstone.

Aussie stone sourced for iconic restoration project

Dimension stone has been sourced from two local quarries to restore an iconic government building. Read more »
Researchers have found carvings in the ancient Egyptian Gebel el Silsila sandstone quarry.

Dig site yields ancient quarry carvings

Relief carvings discovered at a quarry that is thousands of years old are believed to depict the way in which Egyptians transported their stone in ancient times. Read more »
The 1650-tonne stone block was discovered next to the well-known Stone of the Pregnant Woman (pictured on the left) in Baalbek, Lebanon.

Archaeologists uncover world’s largest quarried stone

Archaeologists excavating a quarry dating back to Roman times have uncovered what they believe to be the largest stone monolith ever discovered from antiquity. Read more »
An old photo of Granite Town, the small township that was constructed to house the quarry's employees.

Community celebrates quarry’s 90th anniversary

A community has celebrated the 90th anniversary of its local quarry as it considers plans to incorporate the story of the site’s heritage into a nearby park. Read more »
From navvies to driverless trucks, vehicles have evolved in Doug Prosser's lifetime.

Oral history project receives grant

A volunteer-led project that will record a community’s quarrying heritage has been granted more than $68,000 in funding. Read more »


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