Stele Ancient Stone Marker

Stele Ancient Stone Marker
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A stele is an upright stone monument with inscriptions that were used as grave markers, for dedication, commemoration, and demarcation. They were usually rectangles carved in relief.


  • One of the most famous stelae is the diorite stele of the Code of Hammurabi. At the top of this stele, Hammurabi faces the sun god Shamash. Another important stele is the Novilara Stele, which holds a 12-line inscription in the North Picene language.
  • The Code of Hammurabi is inscribed on a black stele.