The Earliest Known Dictionaries Circa 2,300 BCE

Nippur Map 1400 BCE The oldest known map ever found.

Egyptian Sheet gold finger and toe coverings, plus sandals, from the tomb of three minor wives of Thutmose III at Wady Gabbanat el-Qurud, circa 1479-1425 B.C.

A cuneiform tablet from Nippur in Iraq dated to 2000 BC indicates the names of strings on the lyre and represents the earliest known example of music notation. Although these tablets were fragmentary, these tablets represent the earliest melodies found anywhere in the world.

Steve Jobs in 1977 introduces the new Apple II computer

The Earliest Printing was Stamped into Soft Clay in Mesopotamia (Circa 2,291 BCE – 2,254 BCE)

Sumerian stele of Ur Nammu, ca. 2047-2030 BCE

Instructions of Shuruppak dating back to 3,000 BC. This is one of the oldest known works of literature in human history. The Instructions contain precepts that reflect those later included in the Ten Commandments and other sayings that are reflected in the biblical Book of Proverbs. Translation here: http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/section5/tr561.htm

Oldest Known Footprint -- Kenya -- 1.5 Million Years Ago

An amazing list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s.

Earrings, 330-300 BCE, Ancient Greece The Hermitage Museum.

The saga of Erik the Red was written down between 1387 - 1394. This is what it looks like -- The Flateyjarbók (The Flatley Book). It tells an incredible story of the first Viking settlers in North America, including that of Freydis Eiriksdottir, the female Viking warrior, leader and colonist.

(Fiji Mermaid in the Cryptozoology Museum, Portland) Barnum Circus in 1842, freak show... made up of a juvenile monkey, sewn onto back of a 1/2 fish, covered with paper-mache.

Celtic calendar. It uses Roman numerals and Gaulish words and has holes to hold pegs allowing the tracking of days.

A woman and her 2 children die within 24 hours of each other and are buried on a bed of flowers.. 5000 years later they are found, still holding hands.

Victorian mummy - "Incredibly, they would often keep the body of an infant and, once it was mummified, they would dress the baby's body and keep it as a memento. It was the equivalent of the modern day taxidermy of a treasured pet."

She's one of the world's best-preserved bodies: Rosalia Lombardo, a two-year-old Sicilian girl who died of pneumonia in 1920. "Sleeping Beauty," as she's known, appears to be merely dozing beneath the glass front of her coffin in the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy.

The (Sumerian Noah) Flood Tablet, relating part of the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh

Ethel Granger of England had the smallest waist size in modern times for a woman of normal stature, In this photo from 1959, her measurements were 36-13-39. She had a pierced nose, which must have been very unusual in the 50s.

In the Sahara Desert in Egypt lie the oldest known astronomically aligned stones in the world: Nabta. Over one thousand years before the creation of Stonehenge, people built a stone circle and other structures on the shoreline of a lake that has long since dried up. Over 6,000 years ago, stone slabs three meters high were dragged over a kilometer to create the site. Shown above is one of the stones that remains. Little is known about the ultimate purpose of Nabta and the nature of the people...

An ancient map of the Mesopotamian world is apparently the oldest known map of the world (now exhibited in British Museum