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"Unveiling the Rich Tapestry of Human History: Exploring Artefacts from Around the World" Step into a world of wonder as we delve into the captivating realm of artefacts

Background imageArtefact Collection: Battle of Waterloo map J020089

Battle of Waterloo map J020089
WALMER CASTLE, Kent. " Battle of Waterloo &c" map " Exhibiting the Situation of the Armies on the 16th, 17th & 18th of June 1815"

Background imageArtefact Collection: The Rosetta Stone, British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

The Rosetta Stone, British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageArtefact Collection: Map of the world with annotations by Darwin J970111

Map of the world with annotations by Darwin J970111
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. A map of the World with annotations by Charles Darwin

Background imageArtefact Collection: Bronze age arrow head J930088

Bronze age arrow head J930088
ANCIENT MONUMENTS LABORATORY. Early Bronze Age Conygar Hill type barbed and tanged arrow head found at Irthlingborough

Background imageArtefact Collection: Lindisfarne Priory Stone J880193

Lindisfarne Priory Stone J880193
LINDISFARNE PRIORY, Holy Island, Northumberland. Viking stone. 9th century grave marker with seven warriors carved into the surface

Background imageArtefact Collection: On the Origin of Species K970323

On the Origin of Species K970323
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Title page of " On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin

Background imageArtefact Collection: POSTAGE STAMP, 1840. The Penny Black of Great Britain, engraved by Frederick Heath

POSTAGE STAMP, 1840. The Penny Black of Great Britain, engraved by Frederick Heath and printed by Perkins Bacon & Co. Issued on 6 May 1840, it was the worlds first adhesive postage stamp

Background imageArtefact Collection: Trundholm Sun Chariot

Trundholm Sun Chariot
The Trundholm Sun Chariot is a late Nordic branze Age artifact discovered in Denmark that has been interpreted as a dispiction of the sun being pulled by a mare that may have relation to later Norse

Background imageArtefact Collection: Invitation K970521

Invitation K970521
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Invitation to Westminster Abbey on April 26th 1882. Charles Darwin died on 19th April 1882. He was buried next to the renowned scientist Sir John Herschel

Background imageArtefact Collection: Beetle display case J970134

Beetle display case J970134
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Beetle display case

Background imageArtefact Collection: Charles Darwins notebook N020023

Charles Darwins notebook N020023
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Two pages of text from one of Charles Darwins note books from the " Beagle" voyage

Background imageArtefact Collection: Darwins Microscope J970114

Darwins Microscope J970114
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Microscope

Background imageArtefact Collection: Darwins Compass J970126

Darwins Compass J970126
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Compass in box used by Charles Darwin on the Beagle

Background imageArtefact Collection: Venus of Willendorf, Stone Age figurine

Venus of Willendorf, Stone Age figurine, rear view. Discovered in 1908 near Willendorf, Austria, this 11-centimetre-tall limestone figurine dates from around 23, 000 years ago

Background imageArtefact Collection: The back of the gold-plated throne, showing queen Ankhesenamun putting the finishing touches to

The back of the gold-plated throne, showing queen Ankhesenamun putting the finishing touches to the kings toilet, from the tomb of the pharoah Tutankhamun, discovered in the Valley of the Kings

Background imageArtefact Collection: The Makapansgat Pebble

The Makapansgat Pebble
Three-million-year-old Makapansgat Pebble from South Africa. Perhaps the most ancient art object in the world. It is said to have been carried over a distance of four kilometers by Australopithecus

Background imageArtefact Collection: Lindisfarne Priory Stone J880194

Lindisfarne Priory Stone J880194
LINDISFARNE PRIORY, Holy Island, Northumberland. The reverse of a 9th century Viking grave marker. Possibly referring to the Day of Judgement, Domesday

Background imageArtefact Collection: Make way for ducklings sculpture by Nancy Schon, Boston Public Garden, Boston

Make way for ducklings sculpture by Nancy Schon, Boston Public Garden, Boston
USA, Massachusetts, Boston, Make way for ducklings sculpture by Nancy Schon, Boston Public Garden

Background imageArtefact Collection: Venus of Brassempouy

Venus of Brassempouy
The Venus of Brassempouy carved out of ivory some 18, 000 years ago and discovered in Brassempouy, France. Believed to have been carved during the last stage of the Upper Palaeolithic age

Background imageArtefact Collection: The Corbridge Lion N080064

The Corbridge Lion N080064
CORBRIDGE ROMAN TOWN, Northumberland. Museum objects: Stone carving. The Corbridge Lion. hadrian

Background imageArtefact Collection: Roman gaming board J970223

Roman gaming board J970223
CORBRIDGE ROMAN TOWN, Northumberland. A gaming board with dice and counters. hadrian

Background imageArtefact Collection: The ruins of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site, Minoan civilization

The ruins of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site, Minoan civilization, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece, Europe

Background imageArtefact Collection: Bronze Age pottery N980006

Bronze Age pottery N980006
BRONZE AGE BRITAIN. Group of Late Bronze Age pots. Reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageArtefact Collection: Duke of Wellingtons batons K040689

Duke of Wellingtons batons K040689
APSLEY HOUSE, London. View of ten of the Duke of Wellingtons batons

Background imageArtefact Collection: Battle instructions written by the Duke of Wellington K050231

Battle instructions written by the Duke of Wellington K050231
APSLEY HOUSE, London. Battle instructions written by the Duke of Wellington

Background imageArtefact Collection: Replica of the Corbridge Lanx N081012

Replica of the Corbridge Lanx N081012
CORBRIDGE Roman Town Museum, Northumberland. Replica of the Corbridge Lanx. Rectangular Roman silver platter depicting Apollo, Artemis and Athena

Background imageArtefact Collection: Anglo-Saxon grave marker J910076

Anglo-Saxon grave marker J910076
LINDISFARNE PRIORY, Northumberland. Grave marker or name stone commemorating one Osgyth c.700. Anglo Saxon

Background imageArtefact Collection: Roman gemstone K910213

Roman gemstone K910213
LULLINGSTONE ROMAN VILLA, Kent. Cornelian intaglio depicting Victory writing on a shield

Background imageArtefact Collection: Pill boxes used by Darwin for collecting specimens J970120

Pill boxes used by Darwin for collecting specimens J970120
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Pill boxes used by Darwin for collecting specimens

Background imageArtefact Collection: Postcard from Charles Darwin to A R Wallace K970337

Postcard from Charles Darwin to A R Wallace K970337
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Postcard from Charles Darwin to Alfred Russel Wallace (who put foward a theory of transmutation very similar to Darwins own)

Background imageArtefact Collection: Postcard from Charles Darwin to A R Wallace K960212

Postcard from Charles Darwin to A R Wallace K960212
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Postcard from Charles Darwin to Alfred Russel Wallace (who put foward a theory of transmutation very similar to Darwins own)

Background imageArtefact Collection: Charles Darwins notebook N020035

Charles Darwins notebook N020035
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Front cover of one of Charles Darwins notebooks from the " Beagle " voyage

Background imageArtefact Collection: Charles Darwins notebook N020033

Charles Darwins notebook N020033
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Front cover of one of Charles Darwins notebooks from the " Beagle " voyage

Background imageArtefact Collection: Darwins Beagle Diary K990368

Darwins Beagle Diary K990368
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Charles Darwins journal. Also known as the Beagle Diary. June 1834 pages 460-461

Background imageArtefact Collection: Prehistoric Acheulian hand axe dating from 600000 BC at St. Germain en Laye

Prehistoric Acheulian hand axe dating from 600000 BC at St. Germain en Laye, Ile de France, France, Europe

Background imageArtefact Collection: The kings two daggers, one with a blade of gold, the other of iron

The kings two daggers, one with a blade of gold, the other of iron, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Background imageArtefact Collection: One of the double doors of the gilt shrine showing the goddess Isis

One of the double doors of the gilt shrine showing the goddess Isis, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Background imageArtefact Collection: Darwins Telescope J970128

Darwins Telescope J970128
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Telescope and case. Inscribed " This Telescope was used by Charles Darwin during his voyage in the Beagle"

Background imageArtefact Collection: On the Origin of Species K970334

On the Origin of Species K970334
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Spine of " On the Origin of Species " by Charles Darwin

Background imageArtefact Collection: Das Kapital K030651

Das Kapital K030651
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Frontispiece of Darwins copy of " Das Kapital " with a dedication from Karl Marx

Background imageArtefact Collection: Compass with Darwin signature J970123

Compass with Darwin signature J970123
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. A gold compass with the signature " C Darwin "

Background imageArtefact Collection: Neanderthal spear point

Neanderthal spear point
A spear point once belonging to that of Neanderthal Man (Homo neanderthalensis). This specimen was discovered in Gorhams Cave, Gibraltar

Background imageArtefact Collection: Mayan and other pre-Columbian artifacts

Mayan and other pre-Columbian artifacts, Museum of Anthropology and History, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, North America

Background imageArtefact Collection: Painted ivory plaque from the lid of a coffer showing Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun in a garden

Painted ivory plaque from the lid of a coffer showing Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun in a garden, the lower frieze shows young women plucking mandrakes, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun

Background imageArtefact Collection: Alabaster vase inlaid with floral garlands, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun

Alabaster vase inlaid with floral garlands, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Background imageArtefact Collection: Easter Island - Moai Statues

Easter Island - Moai Statues
JPF-7993 Easter Island - Moai Statues Chile Jean Paul Ferrero Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageArtefact Collection: The Old Study, Down House N080408

The Old Study, Down House N080408
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Interior view of the Old Study. View of Darwins microscope in front of his shelf and draws

Background imageArtefact Collection: Box containing beetles J970133

Box containing beetles J970133
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Box containing beetles and beetle fragments



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"Unveiling the Rich Tapestry of Human History: Exploring Artefacts from Around the World" Step into a world of wonder as we delve into the captivating realm of artefacts. Each piece holds within it a story, a glimpse into our past, and an ode to human ingenuity. From maps that shaped historic battles to scientific breakthroughs that revolutionized our understanding of life, these they are windows to different eras and cultures. The Battle of Waterloo map (J020089) transports us back to one of history's most significant conflicts, while The Rosetta Stone at the British Museum (London, England) stands as an iconic symbol bridging ancient civilizations. Meanwhile, Darwin's annotated world map (J970111) showcases his groundbreaking observations on evolution. Amongst these treasures lies a Bronze Age arrowhead (J930088), reminding us of humanity's early mastery in warfare. The Lindisfarne Priory Stone (J880193) whispers tales from medieval times when spirituality flourished amidst turbulent ages. Scientific marvels also find their place among these cherished relics. Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" book (K970323) forever altered our perception of life itself. The Penny Black postage stamp (1840), engraved by Frederick Heath and printed by Perkins Bacon & Co. , marked a revolutionary moment in communication history with its adhesive design. An invitation card bearing K970521 takes us back to grand social gatherings where elegance mingled with celebration. A beetle display case (J970134) showcases nature's intricate beauty through meticulous preservation techniques. Delving deeper into Darwin's legacy, we encounter his notebook N020023 - pages brimming with intellectual curiosity and profound insights that reshaped biology forever. His microscope J970114 reveals hidden worlds teeming with microscopic wonders while his compass J970126 guided him on daring expeditions across uncharted territories. These artefacts stand not only as testaments to human achievement but also as reminders of our collective heritage.