Material of the Apkallu Artefact

The material that the artefact may be made from spans a variety of options. The requirements are to survive for 100,000 years, to not degrade the information content engraved on it, which suggests a hard stone material. Clearly material experts need to be consulted, as well as sculptors to see what materials have survivability but also an inability to be engraved with text and images. The material must also be capable of surviving exposed to the weathering elements of the Earths atmosphere, being buried under ground or even sitting at the bottom of the ocean floor. Meanwhile, some of the material options currently being considered includes:

  • Diorite
  • Steatite
  • Hematite
  • Obsidian
  • Amethyst
  • Lapis Luzuli
  • jade
  • quartz
  • Agate
  • Onyx
  • Jasper
  • Serpentine
  • Carnelian
  • Granodiorite
 An artefact observed to contain much cuneiform written text in addition to logograms, which illustrates what such a minilithic artefact may look like. (image credit: K. F. Long, located at the Louvre, Paris)

An artefact observed to contain much cuneiform written text in addition to logograms, which illustrates what such a minilithic artefact may look like. (image credit: K. F. Long, located at the Louvre, Paris)