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door pivot stone from Girsu
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Door pivot stone from Girsu

A door pivot stone from Telloh (ancient Girsu), third millennium BC, Istanbul Archaeology Museum.
Stone Carved Indentations at Agarak
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Stone Carved Indentations at Agarak

These indentations in stone found at the Agarak archaeological site were likely used for rituals involving wine and "holy water." They come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The ancients of Agarak believed these rites involving the use of...
Viking Rune Stone (Sanda, Sweden)
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Viking Rune Stone (Sanda, Sweden)

Top part of a rune stone found at Sanda, Gotland, Sweden, dating to the Viking Age, thought to depict Odin, Thor and Freyr. The runic inscription reads: 'Rodvisl and Farbjörn and Gunbjörn' (The Swedish History Museum/Historiska Museet, Stockholm...
Odin on Sleipnir (Tjängvide image stone)
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Odin on Sleipnir (Tjängvide image stone)

The Tjängvide image stone dating to the Viking Age found in Gotland, Sweden and probably showing Odin on his horse Sleipnir (or otherwise a dead man arriving at Odin's hall of Valhalla) on the middle-right.
Eneolithic Stone Statuette from Armenia
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Eneolithic Stone Statuette from Armenia

This Eneolithic stone statuette of a woman is from what is present-day Armenia. It dates from the 5th-4th century BCE. (Metsamor Historical-Archaeological Museum-Reserve, Taronik, Armenia)
Armenian Stone Weapons Mould
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Armenian Stone Weapons Mould

This ancient stone mold was used for making weapons in ancient times in what is present-day Armenia. It dates from the 12th-10th century BCE. (Metsamor Historical-Archaeological Museum-Reserve, Taronik, Armenia)
Jomon Period Stone Ritual Object
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Jomon Period Stone Ritual Object

This stone ritual object comes from Japan and dates to the Jomon period, between 3000-400 BCE. (Tokyo National Museum)
Fragment of Stone Jar Inscribed with the Name of Rimush
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Fragment of Stone Jar Inscribed with the Name of Rimush

This small fragment came from a large upright stone jar. The jar was inscribed with the name of the Akkadian king Rimush, son of Sargon. Akkadian Period, reign of Rimush, 2278-2270 BCE. From Ur, Southern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (The...
Stone Plate of Enmahgalanna from Ur
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Stone Plate of Enmahgalanna from Ur

This is a polished grey stone, which was probably an offering stand. The name (and title) of "Enmahgalanna" appears and is repeated unusually with a pictogram of the moon's crescent (instead of using the pertinent cuneiform sign). Enmahgalanna...
Vishap Stone at Metsamor, Armenia
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Vishap Stone at Metsamor, Armenia

This Vishap stone (or "Vishapakar" in Armenian) dates from prehistoric times and sits just in front of the Metsamor Historical-Archaeological Museum-Reserve in Taronik, Armenia. Vishap stones or "serpent stones" are menhirs found across Armenia...