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Stones: A Material and Cultural History Contributor(s): Oldershaw, Cally (Author)

Stones: A Material and Cultural History Contributor(s): Oldershaw, Cally (Author)

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Stones: A Material and Cultural History
Contributor(s): Oldershaw, Cally (Author)

SBN: 1789147719    EAN: 9781789147711
Publisher: Reaktion Books   
US SRP: $35.00 US  
Binding: Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2023
Pub Date: November 29, 2023
Physical Info: 1.1" H x 8.7" L x 6.7" W (2.42 lbs) 296 pages
The story of our deep and multifaceted connections to geological matter--the very bedrock of our lives.


From small beach pebbles to huge megaliths, stones have been revered, collected, enhanced, sculpted, or engraved for practical and artistic purposes throughout the ages. They have been used to delineate boundaries and to build homes and shelters and utilized for cooking, games, and competitions. This surprising and fascinating compendium of stone facts, myths, and stories reveals the impact and importance of stones in our history and culture. Cally Oldershaw introduces the science in an accessible way and covers the aesthetic appeal of stones, their practical uses, and metaphysical properties. With an eclectic mix of examples from the Stone Age to the present, Stones engagingly excavates the story of this essential matter.
"Who knew that stones, from the humble pebbles on the beach to the awe-inspiring megaliths of Stonehenge, had such marvelous stories to tell? I would urge anyone who has ever picked up a tiny fragment of our planet and wondered what it was and how it got there to read this splendid account by Oldershaw. It will open a new door to the earth beneath your feet, and ensure that you never again look at a scrap of chalk or a piece of granite in the same way."--Bill McGuire, professor of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London, and author of "Hothouse Earth: An Inhabitant's Guide"
Geologist and gemmologist Cally Oldershaw was the first Lady Chair of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, and curator of gemstones for the Natural History Museum, London. She is the author of more than twenty books on gemstones and other Earth science topics including volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, and seas. She lives in Mid Glamorgan, Wales.
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