Mills in Alto Aragón - stone quarry
is an abandoned village far away
from any regular road. From the main road between Ainsa and Campo, turn south towards Tierrantona.
Pass through the village and follow the signs for Muro de Roda. The road soon degrades
into gravel and sand but an ordinary vehicle will do if driven carefully.
After some kms there is a branch left to Fumanal and a bit further (ca 5km from Tierrantona) it is left for Muro de Roda
and right for Arasanz. Drive on and try to keep to the main trail. Remember to turn left at the first crossroads (6.5 km) otherwise you would be on your way to Griebal instead of Arasanz.
Drop your vehicle at the barrier (9.5km) and walk the remaining 3km. In Arasanz follow the track leading to the
The quarry is situated at Lat: 42°20'24.78"N / Lon: 0°12'0.19"E (ETRS89).
Pictures: 24.VIII.2012, 29.VIII.2015
Overview of the quarry next to the embalse de Mediano — 2012
The quarry is on a steep stony slope. The plate
shows many cracks, also ripple marks and weird egg-like inclusions. The site lies
almost in its entirety below the water level of the lake filled to its full capacity. Only rarely
is the water low enough to free the whole quarry. Usually only some of the highest
prints can be seen.
I counted at least 30 imprints of stones and broken
stones with diameters between 85 and 120 cm.
Some sizes: 80: 2ex.; 85: 1ex.; 90: 5ex.; 100: 9ex.; 110: 3 ex.; 120: 2 ex.
The sizes are rather small given that almost all stones found in the mills of the region
measure 130 cm. Only in La Cabezonada — small and primitive mill with wooden
canals — stones of only 100 cm can be seen.
Top of the quarry — 2012
Notice the egg-like inclusions in the rock.
Traces of at least 6 extractions.
∅ 90 cm
At least 9, sometimes superimposed, prints.