Pierre naturelle de dordogne

The Mauzens’ quarry

The Mauzens’ stone is one of the most beautiful natural stones of the Dordogne. Its straw yellow color and its fine grain have made its reputation of cut stone. It has been used since the 18th century for the construction of various monuments (castles, viaducts, administrative buildings, bourgeois houses). The current perfect state of these structures showcases the excellent quality of the stone and its good resistance against bad weather.

The Mauzens’ quarry, opened in 1992 by the SAS Lafaure, is an underground quarry with 40 ha of surface area, providing substantial reserves. Powerful and sophisticated shearers allow the extraction of rough blocks of stone sent later to our workshop in La Douze.

Noble and warm material, it is cut and sculpted for the of building construction or renovation as well as for the creation of portal's pillars, columns, cornices, balustrades, fountains and basins, benches and tables, fireplaces etc.

Technical data

Common denomination Mauzens
Other denomination Yellow Stone from Périgord
Establishment Mauzens et Miremont municipality
Department 24 - Dordogne
Region Nouvelle Aquitaine
Nature Sandstone bioclastic limestone - Cretaceous (Coniacien)
Stone type Limestone
Geological age The secondary era – Coniacien – Age: 88 million of years.
Physical aspect Sandstone bioclastic limestone with fine grain, fairly homogeneous. Fragment of fine shelly debris with a lighter hue and light veining. There are 2 or 3 levels depending on the homogeneity and fineness of the grain.
Color Straw yellow
Common uses Massive stone masonry and stonework / Wall covering
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Stone is a natural material that can have hue variations. The technical characteristics presented on the sheet correspond to the values indicated on the test reports, according to the standards in force. However, they are indicative and can not be considered as characteristics of all the products of the quarry. In the same quarry some deviations could be find, often related to mineralogical and / or structural variations.

Physical and mechanical properties

Title Mean value
Identification number 4.50
Bulk Density 2.00
Compressive strength 12.50 MPa
Speed of sound 2336 m/s
Porosity 25.10 %
Capillarity coefficient 26.10
Water absorption coefficient 0.78
Cut width 1.73 mm
Metallic disc wear 33.20
Area of use Area 3
Carrière souterraine de Mauzens
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