Getting to know the tools of ancient stonemasons!

One of the most frequent questions that visitors to the Acropolis have regards the stages involved and the tools used in the processing of marble, the material used for the construction of the Acropolis monuments. The aim of this museum kit is to acquaint pupils with the tools of the ancient stonemasons and to show their resemblance to today’s tools. They can observe the traces of tools on marble and learn to recognize them on the surfaces of both ancient and modern buildings and sculptures. They can also try carving a block of marble of their own. The kit includes a small copy of the Parthenon, stone carving tools, a piece of marble showing traces of the tools, books, and other rich audiovisual material.

Renewal of the kit was made possible through a grant from the Association of the Friends of the Acropolis.