Stone Stories

Oldest stone map from the Bronze Age rediscovered after more than 100 years in the cellar of a French museum

The relief with circles and lines comes from the Finistère region in the far west of Brittany and could depict the territory of a ruler

For the time after Covid-19: the Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome is open to visitors again

The huge circular building with a diameter of 90 meters was once covered with marble and travertine, of which, however, nothing has been preserved

What is behind the water miracles of Italian saints in the 6th century AD

A study shows that climate changes are also reflected in ancient religious texts

On our list for the time after Covid-19: Bernini’s Fountain of Four Rivers in Rome

This work of art in Piazza Navona symbolizes the known world of the time and is great cinema in many ways

Sturgeon stones weighing tons create habitats for animals and plants in the riverbed of the Wupper in Germany

Elephant Tuffi, beaver Bonny and salmon Lucky made by sculptors are intended to slow down the flow of the watercourse and be points of attraction for people

The Bauhüttenwesen, which is the ancient craftspeople’s tradition of cooperation and know-how sharing in construction projects, is added to the Unesco List of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Still today, e.g., stonemasons working on the maintenance of cathedrals built supra-regional networks to preserve, transmit and develop techniques and knowledge

Drystone walls are Arabia’s megalithic monuments

The recently discovered monumental structures still hold many secrets in their construction, function, and chronology

Forensic geology: tracking victims through mineralogical characteristics of makeup ingredients

With a spectroradiometer, remains like talc, montmorillonite, and kaolinite could be identified at a crime scene

Over 100,000 years ago, fertile loess from the Negev helped the early humans on their way from Africa to Eurasia with the “land of milk and honey” in the Levant

Dr. Rivka Amit from the Geological Survey of Israel found that dust deposition by desert winds played a critical role in forming thick or thin soils around the Eastern Mediterranean

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