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U.S. Geological Survey releases first-ever comprehensive geologic map of the moon

Researchers merged new and old data from Apollo and recent satellite missions to develop a unified description of the stratigraphy, or rock layers, of our nearest neighbor in space

Redefine the existing cemeteries or alternative sites of burial as „spaces for mourning”

Scientific studies in Germany have shown the importance of saying goodbye and the role of individual rituals in this context

It was a rapid climate extreme that brought down Niniveh, once the biggest city in the world

An abrupt 60-year megadrought weakened the Assyrian state so much that its capital could be overrun by Babylonians and Medes who could rely on irrigation

Using the immaterial cultural property (stonemasonry know-how) to preserve the material cultural assets (stone ruins)

The German Archaeological Institute runs two projects not far from the Sea of Galilee in Umm Qays in Jordan


On April 15, 2020, the fire disaster almost destroyed Notre-Dame in Paris. In a detailed article, Science magazine has gathered expert information on the cathedral’s limestone

New COVID-19 webpage by the Natural Stone Institute with useful information also for non-American (stone) companies

Topics reach from checklists for worker protection, quarantine behavior to cyber criminals seeking to capitalize on the epidemic

Miscellaneous: ideas with natural stone

A diadem made with the gemstone aquamarine and diamonds is now part of the Dorothy and Artie McFerrin Gallery in The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS). The collection already boasts two other Fabergé tiaras

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