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  • A medieval French painter and miniaturist named Jean Fouquet painted a small diptych with two panels one of which depicts St Stephen holding a strangely shaped stone usually interpreted as a symbol of the saint s martyrdom by stoning.
  • A new analysis by researchers from Dartmouth University and the University of Cambridge has concluded that the stone depicted in the so called Melun Diptych is most likely a prehistoric stone hand axe.
  • These Acheulean stone hand axes have been around for more than million years and are a common archaeological find.
Enlarge/ Detail from left panel of the the Melun Diptych (circa 1455) by medieval French painter and miniaturist Jean Fouquet. The strangely shaped rock in the lower right hand corner is most likely [+3746 chars]

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