Limestone quarries in Lacoste date back to Roman times, reaching their peak during the first half of the 19th century when they brought the village prosperity. Several quarries continue today along the ridge running west of Lacoste village. The ridge is of high quality, soft and light-coloured limestone much valued for construction and carving. There is a large open-cut quarry near our house, where machines quietly saw the rock into six-tonne blocks which are transported elsewhere for finishing.