35 Priceless Ancient Artifacts That Will Tempt Your Inner Treasure Hunter.
Museums house natural and artificial artifacts left by people and nations long gone, and help current generations understand significant changes over time. While libraries provide us access to great history books, museums bring us objects that we can actually see -- and in rare cases, touch -- offering an altogether different experience, one untainted by our often misleading imaginations.
Remember those elementary school field trips to the museum? A few of my classmates would express gratitude for living today, not then -- after all, we have access to a ready supply of just about whatever it is we want or need, depending on your funds. However, a look at the 35 artifacts below exemplify how mankind has used whatever resources they had available to them at the time to improve the quality of life, display their power and status, and more.
In this list, you'll find some of the most incredible discoveries, from gold-plated daggers to the world's oldest known revolver! After browsing, get off the Internet and make plans to visit your local museum for a sensory learning experience.
#1. We know this stone and copper portrait depicts a southern Egyptian Pharaoh because of the tall crown and rounded top, or White Crown, but we are not sure which one. It was probably carved in Dynasty 5 or 6, shortly after the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza. (ca. 2675–2130 BC)
#2. The Ceremonial Axe of King Ahmes from the New Kingdom, Dynasty 18 was discovered in the Tomb of Queen Ahhotep IIZ. (ca. 16th century BC)
#3. The pigments on this Ancient Painters Palette are still visible after more than 300 years. It is made of ivory and inscribed with the name of Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III (ca. 1390-1353 BC)
#4. Queen Nefertari of ancient Egypt used this ebony and ivory box for her unguent, a perfumed, viscous substance made for external use. It is made of hippopotamus ivory and rosewood. (ca. 1295-1186 BC)
#5. Hail this sacred copper alloy head of a cat from the Ptolemaic Period, Egypt. (ca. 664–30 BC)
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