Chimera of Arezzo
The Chimera of Arezzo is a bronze statue sculpted by the Etruscans of northern and central Italy during the 5th-4th century BCE. The creature is the fire-breathing monster from Greek mythology which has the head of a lion, tail of a snake...
The art of the Etruscans, who flourished in central Italy between the 8th and 3rd century BCE, is renowned for its vitality and often vivid colouring. Wall paintings were especially vibrant and frequently capture scenes of Etruscans enjoying...
Norse Pets in the Viking Age
Pets were as important to the Norse of the Viking Age (c. 790-1100 CE) as they were to any other culture, past or present. The Vikings kept dogs and cats as pets and both feature in Norse religious iconography and literature. The Norse also...
Ice Age art: the female gaze
Sculptures of the female form are a feature of the exhibition Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind. Here, exhibition curator Jill Cook and artist Ghislaine Howard explore these representations of women in Ice Age and contemporary art.
Fibula and key.
Roman aucissa derivative brooch and a simple key with a single tooth. Possibly 1st century CE. Provenance: unknown. (Private collection).
The Dolmen of Cava dei Servi
The Dolmen of Cava dei Servi, a few kilometers from Modica, in Sicily. It is a semi-oval monument formed by four rectangular slabs fixed into the ground and three slabs on top, leaning in such a way they reduce the surface and form a false...
The golden Mold Cape was discovered in the town of Mold in Flintshire, Wales in 1833 CE. The cape dates from 1900-1600 BCE, and is the only Bronze Age gold cape known to exist. The meaning behind the intricate patterns and designs remains...
Tumna Gold Beads
Perhaps the most mysterious of all gold ornaments of the Later Bronze Age are the hollow gold balls found at Tumna, Co. Roscommon in Ireland in 1843 CE. Eleven balls are said to have been found when a group of men were tilling land near Tumna...
The History of Excavations at Tel Gezer
The archaeological site of Tel Gezer is located in central Israel at the edge of the western mountains near the Shephelah, about 9 or 10 km southwest of the city of Ramleh. Gezer was one of the famed "Solomonic" cities of the Hebrew...
Bartholomew Roberts, aka 'Black Bart' Roberts (c. 1682-1722), was a Welsh pirate and one of the most successful villains of the Golden Age of Piracy. Roberts plundered over 400 ships on both sides of the Atlantic during his infamous three-year...