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Set in Stone


Set in Stone

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The 5,000-year-old Neolithic carvings of concentric circles, interlocking rings and hollowed cups were uncovered as part of a four-year English Heritage-funded initiative, in partnership with Northumberland and Durham County Councils, to record and publish online all the prehistoric rock art within the region Picture: English Heritage

The Hollywood Stone The oldest, dateable labyrinth in the British Isles, it was found buried directly beside a pilgrim’s track. Probably a waymark or a symbol of tortuous physical and spiritual journey ahead.

Old green man

Early-medieval stone graves near Heysham, Lancashire.

Easter Island heads have bodies!

The statue of Tarasque de Noves stands as a fearsome tribute to the Celtic deities. Found near a French Cemetery in the nineteenth century, it dates back to around 200 BC- placing it in the La Tene cultural/artistic movement. Read more: www.toptenz.net/...

The Ardre image stones are a collection of ten rune and image stones, dated to the 8th to 11th centuries, that were discovered at a church in Ardre, which is about four kilometers north of Stånga, Gotland County, Sweden.

Relic of a saintly age, a stone marker wears the outline of a Latin cross, carved more than a thousand years ago by Irish monks on a storm swept Skellig Michael. Skellig Michael is an island off the coast of Ireland.

Fossils

Fairy Stone - location, northern Canada. These concentric shaped specimens are composed of calcium carbonate and were formed in Quaternary deposits left in lakes by receding glaciers.

Porfirio Díaz standing next to the Aztec Sun Stone.

Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey’s stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization.

The circular clay tablet shown above was discovered 150 years ago at Nineveh the capital of ancient Assyria, in what is now Iraq. The tablet shows drawings of constellations and pictogram-based text known as cuneiform which was used by the Sumerians, the earliest known civilization in the world. For decades scientists have failed to decipher the tablet. In 2008 two scientists, Alan Bond and Mark Hempsell from Bristol University finally cracked the cuneiform code. See Blog - No. 3.

The Moselkern Stele is one of the most puzzling (and fascinating) objects in the Rheinischen Landesmuseum's collection. It was found in 1915 in a cemetery near Moselkern (Kreis Cochem-Zell). The stone is believed to have been made in a Rhenish workshop in the 7th century AD. That it is a Christian monument is certain. In the upper section a Crucifix is carved out; above it appears a large human face and arms, which wrap around the cross and seem to hold the hands of the crucified Christ.

Guernsey, Celtic burial chamber, Le Déhus Dolmen, more than 4000 years old,

The Ardre image stones are a collection of ten rune and image stones, dated to the 8th to 11th centuries, that were discovered at a church in Ardre, which is about four kilometers north of Stånga, Gotland County, Sweden.

Cornelia Konrad "pile of wishes"

The Easter Island Heads have full bodies... It makes one wonder how old they really are, how they were built, and for what purpose was their creation. Many of them wore large hats that are large and cylindrical in shape with a smaller top piece above that. There are some Easter Island Heads that are still wearing their hats that you can see here: www.travel-to.inf...

~ ammonite pavement in Lyme Regis, Dorset, Great Britain - a World Heritage site

Crinoid fossil

A Babylonian Stone Tablet used in the research and assembly of a 21-volume dictionary of the language of ancient Mesopotamia and its Babylonian and Assyrian dialects. Unspoken for 2,000 years but preserved on clay tablets and in stone inscriptions deciphered over the last two centuries. Dictionary finally completed by scholars at the University of Chicago. There are now explanations and the ability to study Cuniform writing of the 4th millennium BC by the Sumerians of Mesopotamia. Too exciting!

The Ardre image stones are a collection of ten rune and image stones, dated to the 8th to 11th centuries, that were discovered at a church in Ardre, which is about four kilometers north of Stånga, Gotland County, Sweden.

Porfirio Díaz standing next to the Aztec Sun Stone.

Carved Stone 9 in Gavrinis Dolmen passage grave, Gulf of Morbihan, Larmor-Baden Morbihan, France. The largest and most decorated tomb in Neolithic Europe with 29 six-foot-tall menhirs carved with labyrinthine fingerprints. Built on a hilltop circa 3400 B.C.E. near the stone rows of Carnac, with the sea rise it is now an island in the Morbihan Gulf.