Cadiz, Spain Earliest inhabitation: 1,100 BC Found on a narrow spit of land jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, Cadiz has been the home of the Spanish navy since the 18th century. It was founded by the Phoenicians as a small trading post and fell to the Carthaginians around 500BC, becoming a base for Hannibals conquest of Iberia. It then came under Roman and Moorish rule, before experiencing a renaissance during the Age of Exploration.

Steelyard Weight with a Bust of a Byzantine Princess, 400–450 Early Byzantine

Vessel in the Shape of a Fish 4th–6th century Roman or Byzantine Copper alloy, cast

Wing Fibula, 2nd century; Late Roman Provincial Roman; Made in Pannonia Silver, gold, four carnelians

Gold head of a pin with the figure of Nike (Victory) Period: Early Imperial Date: 1st century A.D. Culture: Roman Medium: Gold

Harness Pendant, 13th–early 15th century. Possibly Spanish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1904 (04.3.409)

Roman Forum, Arch of Titus., province of Rome Lazio region Italy

Strainer, Classical period, Etruscan, 5th century BC, bronze

Gold framed pendant found at the biblical town of Nimrud, the capital of Ashurnasirpal II, an Assyrian king of the 9th century BC.

Anthropomorphic mirror handle, Period: Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18 Dating: 1570 BC–1320 BC Origin: Egypt, Material: Bronze

Statue of Pharaoh Amenemhet III 19th cent. BC

Bronze of King Sethi I as Nefertem, Period: Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, Sethos I/Menmaatre Dating: 1318 BC–1304 BC Origin: Egypt, Lower Egypt, Memphis Material: Bronze

Bronze cobra as Goddess Tefnut, Period: Egypt, 2nd Intermediate Period, Dynasty 17, Intef VII/Sekhemreheruhermaat Dating: 1640 BC–1600 BC Origin: Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes Material: Bronze

Prehistoric footprints of Bronze Age people escaping from the Avellino eruption

Gilded bronze of Bastet,Period: Egypt, 3rd Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22, Osorkon II/Usermaatre-Setepenamun Dating: 874 BC–850 BC Origin: Egypt, Lower Egypt, Bubastis Material: Bronze

statue of Pendua and his wife Nefertari

Pharaoh making an offering before the Goddess Maat, New Kingdom, 1303-1224 BC (silver with partial gilding)

Queen Isis as Isis nursing Thutmose III, Period: Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Thutmose II/Aakheperenre Dating: 1512 BC–1504 BC Origin: Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes Material: Bronze

Statuettes of high priest Amenhotep and priestess Renai 15th cent. BC