Antiquities

Below is a selection of non-coin antiquities. Unlike coins these cannot be accurately dated and placed in an exact chronological order. Never the less they have a place in the history of mankind and the descriptions given relate to the historical era, the geography of the area the artefact comes from and in some cases the technology used for making the object.

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NEOLITHIC and BRONZE AGE

Neolithic flint hand scraper
4000-3500 B.C.
Britain: Stone Arrowhead
4000 - 2000 B.C.
Sahara: Arrow head
4000 - 2000 B.C.
Bronze Age Axe
1000 - 800 B.C.

ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST

Cyprus: Stylised human bust
C. 7th Century B.C.
Sumerian Cuneiform clay tablet
circa 1900 B.C.
Palestine: Miniature Amphora
Early 1st Millenium B.C.
Judea: Terracotta Jug
Herodian - 1st cent. A.D.

ANCIENT EGYPT

Small black steatite carved bowl
Old Kingdom - before 2100 B.C.
Scarab of "Tell el Yehwdiyeh" Type
Hyksos period 1650 - 1555 B.C.
Amulet depicting KEBHSENUF
663-525 B.C.
Ushabti
663-525 B.C.
Light green amulet of Anubis
663-525 B.C.
Wooden boatman
664 - 342 B.C.
Dwarf
300 B.C. - 100 A.D.

ROMAN EGYPT

"Boss" type oil lamp from Al-Fayum
3rd/4th Century A.D.
Coptic Textile Panel
3rd/4th Century A.D.
Greek Papyrus letter fragments
3rd/4th Century A.D.
Roman/Byzantine pottery lamp
Circa 600 A.D.

ROMAN EMPIRE


Hod Hill type brooch
1st Century A.D.
Roman Britain: Samian pottery
1st/2nd Century A.D.
Bronze knee brooch
1st/4th Century A.D.
Cross-bow Brooch
4th Century A.D.
Gold and garnet earings
2nd Century A.D.
Terracotta Papyrus Seal
1st-2nd Century A.D.

GRAECIA MAGNA

Italy/Campania: Terracotta bowl
4th Century B.C.
Italy/Apulia: Red Figure Bowl
4th Century B.C.

ORIENT/ASIA

China: Northern Qi -Standard bearer
549 - 577 A.D.
Sassanian Persia: Silver ring
3rd/6th Century A.D.

SOUTH AMERICA

Moche IV avian effigy
450-500 A.D.

MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS

England: Page from medieval Bible
Circa 1280 A.D.
Page from Timurid Koran (Qur'an)
c. 1448 A.D.