Top 3 historical stones
Natural stone plays a vital role in our daily lives, serving as a tough, durable surface material for a variety of household applications. Your bathroom floor and wall? A kitchen splashback? That countertop? These examples are just a small sample of the myriad roles stones can play around the house.
But beyond the home, stones have also been historical actors, playing their part in important events throughout history. These are just a few of our favourite stones of historical importance.
The Rosetta Stone
At first glance, the Rosetta Stone doesn't seem all that impressive. A broken slab of granite covered in etchings from top to bottom? So what.
In fact, the stone is a more-than-2,000-year old decree from the era of Ptolemy V of Egypt, and its discovery in 1799 by Napoleon's army was one of the most important moments in archeology. With three different kinds of writing inscribed, the stone was the key to allowing scholars to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Granite is particularly long-lasting, so it's no wonder it survived in such great condition for so long.
Speaking of important, ancient granite creations, the Kaaba – or 'cube' – is one of the most famous stone structures in the world. Made from granite found in the hills in Mecca, more than 2 million Muslims make a pilgrimage from 183 countries ever year to worship at this 50-foot high construction, according to statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While its exact origins are not known, it is known that the Quraysh tribe who ruled Mecca at the time rebuilt the Kaaba in 608 AD, and that it became the focal point of Muslim worship upon Muhammad's return to Mecca in 629/30 AD. Since then, it's been renovated and modified many different times.
You didn't think we'd leave this off the list, did you? Though it's an apocryphal tale, the pilgrims are said to have landed on Plymouth Rock when they first arrived in America in the Mayflower, all those centuries ago. Unfortunately, the rock has been seriously damaged at many points through the years, both by human incompetence and the effects of freeze-thaw spalling.
In what is a total coincidence, Plymouth Rock also happens to be made out of granite. Despite its toughness, it wasn't enough to keep it from being cracked and eventually broken in several pieces. Don't let your granite suffer the same fate. Seal it with Dry-Treat's META CRÈME™.