Decorated Stone from Ancient Ireland
This decorated stone was found at Kilwarden, Co. Kildare, Ireland. 2500-1700 BCE. (National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology, Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Stone Stele & 1,000 Characters of Happiness, Great Wall of China
The stone stele stands in front of the wall of the One Thousand Characters of Happiness near the entrance to the Great Wall of China. The 1,000 Characters of Happiness is a fascinating display which reminds visitors of the many reasons to...
Darius I Inscribed Stone Weight
The cuneiform inscription on this polished diorite weight states "I [am] Darius, the great king, the son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenian". This is an abbreviated version of a standard inscription on a series of stone weights of Darius, which...
King Stone, Rollright Stones
Part of the Rollright Stones complex, the King Stone is a solitary weathered monolith dated to 2nd millennium BCE.
Stone of Destiny, Hill of Tara
The Neolithic Lia Fail (Stone of Destiny), Hill of Tara, County Meath, Ireland, by which the ancient kings were inaugurated.
Roman Stone Anchor
A Roman stone anchor from the coast of Saguntum (Sagunto), Spain. 1st century CE. (Archaeological Museum, Sagunto)
Olduvai Stone Chopping Tool
Stone chopping tool. 1.8 - 2 million years old. Found in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. This chopping tool is an example of the oldest known objects deliberately made by humans. This tool was found with the fossil remains of an extinct human...
Stone Age Jade Axe
Jade, 5000-3600 BCE. Biebrich, Germany. This axe is made of European jade mined in prehistoric quarries in the Italian Alps. It appears to be an object of beauty rather than function. It would have taken several days to polish this jade...
Ogham writing on standing stone, seen on the right-hand side of the picture.
Stone Lanterns, Kasuga Shrine
Stone votive lanterns at the Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine, Nara, Japan. Founded in 768 CE (or 710 CE) during the Nara period.