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Established in 1753, the British Museum, located in London, England, is home to over 8 million pieces, telling the story of human culture. There are items from every continent in the vast spaces that would take you days, if not weeks, to thoroughly comb through and enjoy. Here are some of the treasures tucked within its walls.
Cleopatra’s mummy (no, not that one)
You’ll find the mummy of a teenager who was named after the famous queen of Egypt in a room chock full of Egyptian mummies. An inscription on her coffin says that she was the daughter of an important official in Thebes. X-ray examination has shown that she was bound so tightly one of her hips dislocated, but the cause of her death is unknown.
You’ll feel pretty tiny as you pass by these gigantic sculptures. These winged, human-headed lions stand guard as they did centuries ago when they flanked the entrance of the royal palace of King Ashurnasirpal II.
The Rosetta stone is considered to be the key which allowed the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphs, as it is inscribed with three nearly-identical texts — one written in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, another using Demotic script, and the third was written in Ancient Greek.
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was originally located in what is now modern-day Turkey and the structure was destroyed by a series of earthquakes from the 12th to the 15th century. There are a few impressive statues and part of a frieze from the original site today in the British Museum.
Sutton Hoo helmet
An amazing Anglo-Saxon ship burial was discovered and excavated in Woodbridge, England. It contained an amazing array of artifacts, most of which are housed at the British Museum. The helmet is a gorgeous find and is one of only four complete Anglo-Saxon helmets that remain today.
You can also find a moai from Easter Island in the British Museum. While it’s considered small when compared to most of the typical Easter Island statues, it’s considered to be an amazing example, and the markings on its back associate it with the island birdman cult.