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stele, stela

finial to a Greek stele
1. In classical architecture and derivatives, an upright stone, usually a slab, marking a grave.
2. A wall area set aside as a memorial.
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This was discovered near the ancient temple of Trivikrama in the Vasai fort, which is close to Kiravali, the find spot of the newly discovered gaddhegal stelae mentioned above.
One question remains unresolved in my thinking about the stelae: Are the sculptural negatives, the interstitial spaces, objects?
While the horned figures on the Iberian stelae are clearly anthropomorphic, the images shown on the Near Eastern stelae are not (Figure 1).
According to the stone stelae from the main plazas of Waka', Siyaj K'ak' also visited that city in 378 AD on his way to conquer Tikal.
Certainly, the master masons of Aksum were renowned for their skills, their most spectacular achievements being the giant stelae they erected over royal tombs.
Translations from Mayan stelae mention yet undiscovered cities.
Extensive excavations on the Giza plateau uncovered commemorative stelae and other artifacts that suggest a colony of foreigners resided near the Sphinx in the early second millennium b.c.
* developing the astronomical alignments of temples, pyramids, and stelae;
Quirigua (pronounced kitty-gua), famous for its carved stelae (intricately carved vertical monuments) is a majestic archaeological site that's also great for nature watching.
Later in life he wrote, "Looking at the elegance of a page of Khmer script, at the handsome square Sanskrit, or the Arabic, at stones carved with the mysterious runes of the Anglo-Saxons, at early Greek tablets, the cuneiform stelae of the Sumerians, or at the majestic lettering on some Roman monument, who can fail to find there an immediate sense of the hand that made the letters?
During most of that time, researchers assumed that the images on stelae (carved tablets), temple walls, pottery and other artifacts showed mystical priests or gods primarily concerned with astrology and a complex calendar system.