Slate of Veles

This artifact is a wedge of stone with a length of about 1.5 feet and a rounded edge about 1.3 feet. It appears to have been an ornamental decoration, perhaps the keystone of an arch or the back of a throne. A carved scene of Slavic origin has a horned figure carrying tablets of stone through a dark gate, perhaps to the underworld. An inscription alongside the image reads. “Knowledge must be safeguarded or it shall perish.” Curious markings along the slanting sides seem to be parts of some type of symbols, writing perhaps, but not like the rest of the piece.

Slate of Veles

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