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Stone-carved Medusa head from the temple of Apollo at Didyma
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Stone-carved Medusa head from the temple of Apollo at Didyma

This giant Medusa head was formerly part of a frieze on the architrave of the Apollo Temple at Didyma (Turkey).
Roman Stone-throwing Carroballista
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Roman Stone-throwing Carroballista

The carroballista was a Roman artillery weapon which used torsion to propel bolts or stones over several hundred metres. They were in use from the 3rd century BCE to the 4th century CE.
City Wall of Stone & Opus Caementicium, Roman Empuries (Detail)
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City Wall of Stone & Opus Caementicium, Roman Empuries (Detail)

A section of the Roman city-wall of Empuries, Spain. 1st century BCE. The base of the wall was made using calcareous rock while the upper portion is of Roman concrete (opus caementicium).
Olmec Stone Mask
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Olmec Stone Mask

Olmec Mask. Greenstone, 900-400 BCE. Mexico. This mask is too small to be worn on the face, therefore it could have been jewellery or part of a headdress. The Olmec ruled in Mexico from about 1400 to 400 BCE. They built the first cities...
Mesha Stele - Moabite Stone
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Mesha Stele - Moabite Stone

The Mesha Stele is an ancient tablet dating to around 850 BCE, written by Mesha, the king of Moab (modern Jordan). (Louvre Museum, Paris)
Stone Pebble of Prince Eannatum of Lagash
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Stone Pebble of Prince Eannatum of Lagash

A variety of pebbles, clay tablets, and plaques were found at the ancient city of Lagash and girsu. The cuneiform inscriptions mention on them the name of Eannatum, prince and ruler of Lagash. The narration usually states that he was given...
William Brewster Memorial Stone
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William Brewster Memorial Stone

Cenotaph of William Brewster (1568-1644 CE), elder of the Leiden congregation of separatists (later known as pilgrims), Mayflower passenger and their spiritual leader of the Plymouth Colony. Burial Hill, Plymouth, MA.
Hand Axe and Stone Tool
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Hand Axe and Stone Tool

These were found in Barda Balka and are considered the oldest human-made artifacts among the whole museum's collections. Circa 100,000 BCE, from Barda Balka (near modern Chamchamal, Sulaimaniya Governorate, Iraq). (The Sulaimaniya Museum...
Stone Hair and Headdress of the God Lamma
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Stone Hair and Headdress of the God Lamma

On the back of this piece, there are cuneiform inscriptions that mention that this headdress was commissioned by a Bau-Ninam on behalf of King Shulgi of Ur. It is most likely that this headdress was to be put on the god Lamma. Neo-Sumerian...
A Stone Mace Head with Lions
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A Stone Mace Head with Lions

This is a symbolic weapon which was dedicated to a temple in order to receive gods' blessings. The lions' heads represent power and reflect the fact the donor was a royal person. Early dynastic period, 2500 BCE, from Sippar, Mesopotamia...