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The Chinese Terracotta Army, discovered in 1974 by some local villagers in Xi’an, China (by LeelooDallas).

The Hercules Gate, Ephesus, Turkey, uncredited

Ptolemaic seal impression with images of Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra V, the parents of the infamous Cleopatra VII.

Settawya Paya, Mingun, Burma

It looks like the extremity of a giant man, buried by a monumental sandstorm. In the wasteland of Chile’s Atacama Desert, 75 km to the south of the city of Antofagasta, a strange & unexpected sight confronts the eye: 4 fingers, a thumb & part of a palm, emerging from the sand. Set against the azure sky, this surreal giant hand is of course not made of flesh but stone. Called "Mano de Desierto"/"Hand of the Desert"

Statue of Artemis, 2nd century A.D., ruins of Ephesus, Turkey

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Ancient Roman sculpture, Ludovisi Gaul and his wife, ca. 220 BC.

Bust of Septimius Severus (reign 193–211 CE)

“Marble head of Zeus Ammon, Roman Imperial, c. 120-160 A.D.”

Bust: Zeus-Sabazios; ca. 180-200 A.D.

Roman Statue of a Seated Woman, 2nd century A.D. Marble

Roman Imperial gilt bronze bust of Castor or Pollux, 1st to 2nd century AD

Marble bust of the emperor Hadrian wearing military dress From Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, Lazio, Italy AD 117-118

Settawya Paya, Mingun, Burma

Ancient Egyptians believed the tears of the goddess Isis made the Nile overflow each year. They celebrated the flood, which happened twice annually, with a festival called the “Night of the Tear Drop.”

A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A TETRARCH CIRCA LATE 3RD CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN BRONZE BUST OF MARS CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF MERCURY CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN BRONZE VENUS CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

Some of the Lewis Chessmen may not have been chessmen at all according to new research. The 12th and 13th century gaming pieces which were discovered in Uig on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 are considered to be Scotland’s most renowned archaeological find. An article in the journal Medieval Archaeology by David Caldwell, Mark Hall and Caroline Wilkinson suggests that many of the 93 ivory pieces may have been used in a game called hnefatafl – an ancient Viking board game that pre-dates chess.

Viking carvings, around 275 bc.

Egyptian Predynastic - Female Figure - From Ma'mariya. Predynastic Period, Naqada IIa (circa 3500-3400 B.C.). Terracotta, painted.

A Roman Marble Portrait Head of Antisthenes, circa late 1st-early 2nd century A.D. 18 in. (45.7 cm.) high. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.

HELLENISTIC MARBLE HALF-STATUE OF A GODDESS, PROBABLY PERSEPHONE Or possibly Demeter, wearing a chiton, her himation over her head (capite velato). Asia Minor, ca. 325-250 BC