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When he was done conserving it, Balme saw a stone carving with an extremely complex pattern that is difficult to describe. It's possible the "pattern carved may be some form of writing," Balme told Live Science in an email. The carving's use is unknown, though it could be "a keystone from an archway or indeed a vaulted ceiling," Balme said.
The carving, which weighs between 55 and 65 pounds (25 and 30 kilograms), appears to be made out of a hard form of sandstone, Balme said. It's wide at its base but get narrower toward the top. It stands about 18 inches (46 centimeters) high and is 5.5 inches (14 cm) thick. Its decorations are entirely on the front face "although it does have many chisel marks on the sides and back," he said.
originally posted by: Dimithae
a reply to: theantediluvian
Maybe I'm crazy,but I wonder if they don't have it upside down? If they don't know the writing on it and all,maybe its upside down. The reason I say this is because In stone archways,the masons would sometimes use 'blocks' of stone and put them together to make the arch.The easiest way to make it stay up was to make the TOP portion of the stone wider so it wouldn't fall through. If that is the case,then they are looking at it upside down. Just a thought.