Quarries close to the city produced blocks of gritty white stone used in the construction of buildings. According to Alexander Russell (d. 1768), the quarries were opened up in large sections along the face of hills. A yellowish marble was also quarried in the region of Aleppo. See also: Mason; Marble Polisher.
Citation: Russell, Alexander. The Natural History of Aleppo, containing a Description of the City, and the principal natural Productions in its Neighbourhood. Together with an Account of the Climate, Inhabitants, and Diseases; particularly of the Plague, Second edition, revised, enlarged and illustrated by Patrick Russell (London: G. G. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster Row, 1794), I: pp. 52-53.