Ancient Egyptian stones found at the site of a temple at Steatite are being brought to the Smithsonian National Museum, where they will be displayed alongside other artifacts from the ancient civilization.
Steatite, a rock formed by the melting of a volcanic rock, is the source of one of the world’s most popular and recognizable names, the word steat, and is used to describe the stone-like texture of stone that forms at the core of many ancient steatites.
This texture is produced by heating and cooling the molten rock, and the melting process produces an opaque crystal structure.
Steatites are also known for their high quality.
In Egypt, they were used to create elaborate burial tombs.
Steats also can be used to build high-quality jewelry and other items.
Steatters from the steatitic sites at Harran and Akka were discovered by archaeologists in the 1930s and were discovered in 2006, and researchers have been looking at them for more than a decade.
The Smithsonian is bringing these artifacts to the museum for the first time in more than 30 years, Smithsonian National Museums and Archaeology spokeswoman Ann Paley said in a statement.
The artifacts were excavated from ancient ruins dating to the reign of Hatshepsut, the last queen of Egypt, and were excavating the sites of a ceremonial complex in Harran, according to the statement.
The museum, which is in the District of Columbia, has long been home to important artifacts from Egypt and the Near East, including many artifacts related to the Steatitic culture.
It also houses many artifacts from other cultures.
In the early 1900s, archaeologists discovered the ruins of a Roman temple at the same site, which were later donated to the National Museum.
The Smithsonian has been on a quest to understand the culture of the Steattites for more that a century, said the museum’s Director, Christopher Ketchum.
He said that as the museum continues to excavate and expand its collection, the Steatters are being exhibited in a variety of ways, including as jewelry, ceramics, sculptures and artifacts.
The steatic artifacts are currently being exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and the National Geographic Society’s National Archaeology Museum in Philadelphia.
The National Museum in Washington will display the artifacts in its newly renovated and expanded exhibit, which opens May 13.