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Stone: Close up of a polyhedral sundial.	More: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28433765@N07/favorites/page9/?view=lg

Stone: Close up of a polyhedral sundial. More: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28433765@N07/favorites/page9/?view=lg

The Pyrgi Gold Tablets show how the Phoenician alphabet and Etruscan alphabet were used in actual practice. These inscriptions date from approximately 500 BC. They were found in a temple near ancient Caere in Italy, and describe a dedication made to the Phoenician goddess.

The Pyrgi Gold Tablets show how the Phoenician alphabet and Etruscan alphabet were used in actual practice. These inscriptions date from approximately 500 BC. They were found in a temple near ancient Caere in Italy, and describe a dedication made to the Phoenician goddess.

King Henry VIII's Astrolabe  The history and uses of the astrolabe, a very ancient astronomical computer for solving problems relating to time and the position of the Sun and stars in the sky.

King Henry VIII's Astrolabe The history and uses of the astrolabe, a very ancient astronomical computer for solving problems relating to time and the position of the Sun and stars in the sky.

The Sumerian King list - still puzzles historians after more than a century of research - it's an ancient manuscript originally recorded in the Sumerian language, listing kings of Sumer (ancient southern Iraq) from Sumerian and neighbouring dynasties, their supposed reign lengths, and the locations of "official" kingship. It's unique is the fact that the list blends apparently mythical rulers with historical rulers who are known to have existed - and mentions before/after a great flood...x

The Sumerian King list - still puzzles historians after more than a century of research - it's an ancient manuscript originally recorded in the Sumerian language, listing kings of Sumer (ancient southern Iraq) from Sumerian and neighbouring dynasties, their supposed reign lengths, and the locations of "official" kingship. It's unique is the fact that the list blends apparently mythical rulers with historical rulers who are known to have existed - and mentions before/after a great flood...x

Abalone shell with ground ochre/pigments.  A Paleolithic Artist's Tool kit in Blombos Cave, South Africa

Abalone shell with ground ochre/pigments. A Paleolithic Artist's Tool kit in Blombos Cave, South Africa

JULIEN LE ROY'S IMPROVED HORIZONTAL SUNDIAL, French, c. 1740, signed "Jacques Le Maire de La Societe des Arts, au Genie a Paris."

JULIEN LE ROY'S IMPROVED HORIZONTAL SUNDIAL, French, c. 1740, signed "Jacques Le Maire de La Societe des Arts, au Genie a Paris."

Valcamonica, Italy, Rock Art from the Camuni people, a population that according to ancient Latin sources lived in there during the Iron Age (1st millennium B.C.E.). The surviving 250,000 rock engravings, which make the valley one of the largest petroglyphic collections in the world, were created over the course of 8,000 years, from the Mesolithic period (8th to 6th millennia B.C.E.) until the Roman and Medieval ages, passing through the Neolithic period, the Copper, Bronze, and Iron Ages

Valcamonica, Italy, Rock Art from the Camuni people, a population that according to ancient Latin sources lived in there during the Iron Age (1st millennium B.C.E.). The surviving 250,000 rock engravings, which make the valley one of the largest petroglyphic collections in the world, were created over the course of 8,000 years, from the Mesolithic period (8th to 6th millennia B.C.E.) until the Roman and Medieval ages, passing through the Neolithic period, the Copper, Bronze, and Iron Ages

An inscribed basalt block describing the restoration of Babylon in 670 BC. By Assyrian king Esarhaddon (681-669 BC).

An inscribed basalt block describing the restoration of Babylon in 670 BC. By Assyrian king Esarhaddon (681-669 BC).

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