The Snaptun Stone
The Viking Age Snaptun stone was carved around 1000 CE and shows a face with stitched-up lips, which reminds of a story preserved in the Prose Edda where the Norse god's Loki’s lips are sewn up. As such, it is usually thought to be one of...
On Cannon Street in the City of London, you can watch the London Stone. The stone's origin is unknown, but its importance as a landmark throughout London’s long history is almost incomparable, especially when thinking about the simplicity...
Intihuatana Stone, Machu Picchu
The Intihuatana Stone or 'Hitching Post of the Sun' at Machu Picchu in the High Andes. The stone was used by Inca priests for astronomical observations, especially of the sun. In ceremonies during the solstices the priests symbollically tied...
Inca 12 Angle Stone
The famous stone from an Inca wall in Cuzco, Peru. The stone has 12 angles and illustrates the great precision Inca masons employed in ensuring their stone blocks fitted so well together that no mortar was needed. (15th century CE).
Boundary Stone from Mesopotamia
This boundary stone, or kudurru, records a gift of land made by Eanna-shum-iddina, governor of the Sea-Land in Southern Babylonia. The receiver's name is Gula-Eresh. The text ends with a series of curses on anyone questioning the gift or...
Stone furnishings of a house
The houses at Skara Brae all feature home furnishings made from stone. This photo shows a stone cupboard/dresser, stone beds and chairs, and grinding stones as well as other household tools of the time.
The Jelling Stone's Great Beast (Mammen Style)
Image showing one face of the Viking Age Jelling stone (standing at Jelling, Denmark) dating to c. 970 CE. The stone's three sides are covered, on one side with an inscription and on its other two with large pictures of Christ and a great...
Viking Era Broa Stone
More than a thousand years ago, Vikings living on the Swedish Island of Gotland erected carved stone slabs to commemorate fallen warriors and heroic deeds. This stone is called the "Broa Stonem" and it dates to c. 700-800 CE. Today, these...
The Rosetta Stone is an incomplete grey and pink granodiorite stela dating from 196 BCE which presents a priestly decree concerning King Ptolemy V of Egypt. The text is in three different versions: Hieroglyphic, Demotic and Greek. The stone...
Stone Face Monoliths of Palau
Considering Palau’s Earthwork Era (c. 450 BC to AD 850), the Badrulchau stone monoliths can be dated to c. 161 CE and are part of the thirty-eight monoliths on the islands of Babledaob and Oreor (Koror), twenty-eight of which had human features...