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Some 125,000 years ago, Neanderthals deliberately hunted down and slaughtered European straight-tusked elephants . They used stone tools to cut up the giant prey

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Bologna’s leaning Garisenda Tower is showing “anomalous movements“ raising fear that it might collpase. The city has launched an additional program to secure the famous monument and ist neighboring tower

New for members of the Natural Stone Institute: Thor Lundh Quarrier Award

The prize will honor people who made an extraordinary contribution to quarrying stone and have furthered the careers of other professionals

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In January 2024, there was excitement in Bosnia in the area around Zavidovici about a stone ball with a diameter of 3.3 m and an estimated weight of 30 tons that was unearthed. It was probably just a “concretion“, an accumulation of mineral substances

The Tomb Prize of the Swiss canton of Basel-Stadt aims to bring art and craft together

The aim is to focus citizens’ attention on “individual and high-quality grave markers”

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German designer Bernhard Müller characterizes his work as “timeless and minimalist.“ He founded the Hamburg-based Studio [more] in 1993

Miscellaneous: news all around ornamental stone and rock

National Geographic reports about new forms of burial: human composting, alkaline hydrolysis, and coffins with mushroom spores

Registration for the European Stone Festival 2024 in Budapest is open until March 31

Stonemasons and stone sculptors from numerous countries meet on the banks of the Danube in front of the Parliament Building

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