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Two handled amphora, cut from rock crystal. Early Roman Imperial, ca. 50 A.D. Early Roman Imperial, ca. 50 A.D.


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Roman glass bowl ~ early imperial, julio-claudian period, first half of 1st century a.d.


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Blown glass vessels. Conthey (Valais). 4th century CE ©Swiss National Museum

Archaeology - Treasures of the Swiss National Museum

"The Standard of Ur" is a Sumerian artifact excavated from the Royal Cemetery in the ancient city of Ur (modern-day Iraq south of Baghdad). It is approximately 4,500 years old. It was found next to the skeleton of a ritually sacrificed man who may have been its bearer. It is now on display, in reconstructed form, in the British Museum in London.

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From Ur: Mystery Item. Made of stone, it is decorated with the eye motif and the eight-pointed rosettes that were so meaningful to the Sumerians. The handle is similar to the kind found on a woven reed basket. The original purpose of the object isn't known.

Miscellaneous Items from The Royal Tombs of Ur


Top 10 Historical Celtic Artifacts

Desborough Mirror (ca. 100 BC) - one of the finest examples of La Tène, or 'Celtic' art from Britain. The plate was highly polished on one side to produce a reflective surface. One the back the plate was engraved with a complex design. A mirror would have been a powerful object in a world where reflections could only be glimpsed in water.

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