Stone Stories

The mysterious stone spheres of Costa Rica probably defined power and dominion and gave mankind a sense of community

They were placed in the years from about 800 a.d. until the conquest by the Spanish in the 1500s

The South of Greek Naxos island also was an important area for marble quarrying in antiquity

Geoarchaeologist Scott Pike of Willamette University found tucked-away sites where the stone for an Apollo statue on Delos came from

Was the Middle Bronze Age city called Tall el-Hammam the Biblical Sodom and was it destroyed by a meteorite exploding above the ground?

Scientists from East Carolina University, among others, analyzed a 1.5-meter-thick layer of carbon and ash in the Jordan Valley

The restoration of Notre Dame can begin in winter

Work on securing and restoring the cathedral in Paris has been completed on schedule / Tenders are being invited

Water from pores or cracks in bedrock is much more used by trees than previously known

For those plants, the rock is a regular source of moisture, not only an emergency reserve during droughts

The mighty sarsen stones in the ring of Stonehenge are built of a nearly indestructible sandstone

The material has 99.7% quartz with crystals in an extremely dense lattice

Carpenters from the US reconstruct a roof truss from Notre Dame “as a (symbolic) gift to France“

Experienced craftsmen from all over the country come together in Washington DC using materials and methods of medieval church builders

13 cultural properties newly inscribed in Unesco’s List of World Heritage, among them many stone structures

Sites must be of outstanding importance for humanity, not only for one nation or one region

Largest find of Jurassic starfish and relatives ever discovered in the UK

The Natural History Museum excavated a site in the once shallow sea some 167 million years ago that was rapidly buried during an underwater mudslide

Roman stonemasonry at its finest: a villa in the ancient cosmopolitan city of Ephesos displayed marble on its walls up to a height of 6 m

Geoarchaeology Professor Cees Passchier of the University of Mainz, Germany, together with colleagues, has reconstructed the decoration and made some surprising discoveries

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