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Flat stone found in mouth of Roman-era skeleton

Researchers have found the Roman-era remains of a man who had been buried face down with a flat stone in his mouth at a cemetery in England. The burial site, at Stanwick near the river Nene, dates from the third or fourth century, when people would have lived in small farming

Viking rune stone discovered in Sweden

A Viking-era rune stone has been found near the site of a medieval church in Sweden. "The stone is known from before. It was depicted in the 17th century and when the medieval church was torn down in the 19th century we have written records that mention the stone as lost

Stone with engraved text found in Myanmar

A stone engraved with 44 sentences of text has been found at a pagoda in Myanmar. The main content of the script was the punishment with the evil. Anyone, who destroys the donation schemes, has to face the curse. The script is scheduled to get translated into the present day languages

Early hunters may have thrown stones to hunt

Researchers believe that stones, known as spheroids, found in South Africa's Makapan Valley may have been thrown by early hunters in order to brick down game. They found that 81 per cent of the stones were capable of inflicting damage over distances of up to 25 metres. The researchers, who included

2,000-year-old engraved stones found in British Columbia

Ancient engraved stones dating back 2,000 years have been found in the Comox Valley in British Columbia, Canada. As the students began digging for well-preserved shell and animal bone, they discovered many bone needles used for fishing, harpoon points, herring rakes, and sewing or leather work. They also found preserved deer,

The largest stone carved by human hands

Archaeologists working in Lebanon have uncovered the largest stone ever carved by human hands. Still partially buried, the monolith measures 19.6 meters (64 feet) in length, 6 meters (19.6 feet) wide, and is at least 5.5 meters (18 feet) high. Its weight is estimated at a bulky 1,650 tons, making it

Pyramid-builders may have used water to move stone blocks

New research suggests that ancient Egyptians may have been able to move massive stone blocks for building by using wet sand. Physicists at the University of Amsterdam investigated the forces needed to pull weighty objects on a giant sled over desert sand, and discovered that dampening the sand in front of

Stonehenge quarry site found

Archaeologists believe they have identified the quarry where Stonehenge's bluestones came from. Since the 1920s much of the work in Preseli has focused on a spot known as Carn Meini. Now researchers are claiming that in fact the Stonehenge bluestones actually came from Carn Goedog – almost a mile away. Richard Bevins,