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Jade Cong
Jade Cong

These enigmatic, rectilinear tubes reveal clarity of thought and took great effort to produce. What can they mean?

Benin ivory mask (Edo peoples)
Benin ivory mask (Edo peoples)

This mask depicts the king’s mother, whose ruthless political prowess ensured that her son became king.

Asafo Flags: Stitches Through Time
Asafo Flags: Stitches Through Time

These flags were made for military companies affiliated with the British along the coast of present-day Ghana.

Our earliest technology?
Our earliest technology?

Fire, clothing, or the wheel: was this humble hand axe the earliest human technology?

The Jericho Skull
The Jericho Skull

Is the plaster face on this skull modeled after a real person? Is it one of the world’s oldest portraits?

<em>Lion Man</em>
Lion Man

The cave lion was the fiercest animal of the ice age, and this mammoth ivory carving combines human with lion.

Who owns the Parthenon sculptures?
Who owns the Parthenon sculptures?

Ancient Greeks made them, Ottomans captured them, Venetians blew them up, and the British took them away.

The importance of the archaeological findspot: The Lullingstone Busts
The importance of the archaeological findspot: The Lullingstone Busts

What do we gain when works come from a well-documented excavation?

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia

What was the first bill of human rights? This seal encouraged freedom of worship throughout the Persian Empire.

Kente cloth
Kente cloth

This cloth—first woven by a wise spider—sends social messages through a system of specific patterns.

Sutton Hoo Ship Burial
Sutton Hoo Ship Burial

Excavated in 1939, this 7th-century grave once held a hoard of metalwork, all buried within a 27-meter long ship!

The Sutton Hoo purse lid
The Sutton Hoo purse lid

Rendered in gold and garnet, the enigmatic animals on this purse lid stand out above white bone.