A Stone Bowl with Two Inscriptions
This stone bowl has two sets of cuneiform inscriptions. The first one says that the bowl was booty brought to Mesopotamia from Magan (modern Sultanate of Oman) by the Akkadian king Naram-Sin (2254-2218 BCE). The second inscription mentions...
Stone Calf from Late Uruk Era
There is a hole on the back of this stone calf for vertical posts or other attachments. Late Uruk period, 3300-3000 BCE, from Ur, Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The British Museum).
Roman Epigraphic Stone from Hungary
A Roman epigraphic stone found in the ancient town of Brigetio, which was located in the Roman province of Pannonia superior. (This is present-day Komárom, Hungary.) Transcription: D(is) M(anibus) / C(aio) Iul(io) Candidiano / q(ui...
King Enmetena's Foundation Stone
Pivot stone with inscription of the king Enmetena of Lagash. Circa 2340 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
Circular Stone Vessel From Tarbisu
A fragment of a circular stone vessel which was dedicated to the temple of God Nergal by a high official. The carved scenes in low relief depict the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III on his knees before a central object (lost), probably a sacred...
Stone Weight from Sippar
The inscription, unusually for a weight, is cut in reverse. It mentions that this stone weight was dedicated to the temple of Shamash, the sun god, at Sippar. It precisely gives the weight as 10 mina, 15 shekels, a little more than 5 kilograms...
Duck Stone Weight from Nimrud
This stone weight, which weighs 30 minas (about 15 kilograms) was found in the north-west palace at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. It had been deposited there as booty. Babylonian, reign of Eriba-Marduk, circa 770 BCE...
Chavin Stone Tenon Head
A stone head which originally protruded from the exterior wall of the temple at the Chavin religious site of Chavin de Huantar. Over 100 such heads have been found, each is unique and represents the transformation of a shaman into a supernatural...
Stone for harvest offerings
The stone Kernos for food offerings of the collected harvest, the Minoan settlement of Malia, Crete (1650-1450 BCE).
Champollion's notes from the Rosetta Stone
This is a copy of the Rosetta Stone with some hand notes made by Jean-François Champollion. This photo was taken at the Neues Museum, Berlim.