Stone Stories

The marble steps of the Holy Stairs in Rome will be accessible without wooden protection for about 40 days after April 11, 2019

Staircase is said to originate from Pilate’s palace and to have been stepped on by Jesus / Reinterpretation: Jesus before the prefect

Exhibit at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation: Why certain parts of sculptures from Ancient Egypt are broken

What looks like pure vandalism, often was a carefully considered act to tear away the power from a ruler’s representation in stone

Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Matera (Italy) are named European Capitals of Culture 2019

As always, the editors of researched what the cities have to offer in terms of natural stone

Temple of deity Xipe Tótec found in Mexico: eerie religious ceremonies

To reproduce the way a maize kernel opens its outer skin before sprouting, victims were skinned in a ritual after having been killed

Questions answered about the orientation of the „Chinese Pyramids“ made of rammed earth

Some of them point to the celestial pole, others to the star to which the pole would be approached in the future (seen from that time): Polaris

Chicxulub inferno: for a few minutes, rocks became fluid formed the crater with a mountain ring in the center

Scientists have a new understanding of the mechanical behavior of rocks during such an event

How dust from Middle East deserts windblown to the Himalaya influences the monsoon in India

The sand particles cause the snow to absorb more sunlight and melt more quickly which sets off a series of interconnected feedback loops

Drystone walling is added to Unesco’s list of Intangible Heritage of Humanity

Valorized was the living tradition of the ancient know-how and the role it still plays for maintaining the landscpae

Green Emerald of more than 5000 carat (or 1,11 kg weight) was found in Zambia in October 2018 and auctioned in Singapore

The extraordinary stone was named „Inkalamu“ meaning ,lion’ in the local Bemba language

Simulated soil from Mars helps researchers on Earth to plan future stays to the red planet

The University of Central Florida now sells such fake celestial dirt at $20 a kilogram plus shipping

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