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Jomon Stone Figurine
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Jomon Stone Figurine

A Jomon stone figurine or gangu. Komukai, Nanbu-cho, Aomori, Japan. Jomon Period, 1000-400 BCE. (Tokyo National Musuem)
Sumerian Stone Foundation Inscription
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Sumerian Stone Foundation Inscription

It was a Sumerian tradition to deposit or bury objects bearing inscriptions within temples and important public buildings. These recorded the names of the persons who were responsible for the building and also ensured divine protection. The...
Stone Weight From The Comacchio Shipwreck
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Stone Weight From The Comacchio Shipwreck

A Centussis weight used to weigh the cargo for sale. The stone is inscribed with an 'M' for Magister Navis, the ship's master and the initials 'TRVF', possibly for his name - either Titus Rufius or Titus Rufrenius. The two holes on the upper...
Stone Tools at Shengavit Settlement
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Stone Tools at Shengavit Settlement

Stone tools and other archaeological remains from Shengavit, dating from c. 3500-2200 BCE. This settlement is an archaeological site located in Yerevan and is one of Armenia's most important Bronze Age sites.
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...
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)