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A collection buried during the early Iron Age. | Dot Boughton, Portable Antiquities Scheme
History

Artifacts from the Oldest Known Museums

The earliest museum may date to as early as 680 B.C. -- see what artifacts people then chose to preserve.

February 6, 2013
9:00 AM EST
A spearhead from the Tisbury Hoard. | Dot Boughton, Portable Antiquities Scheme
A bent knife from the Wiltshire dig. | Dot Boughton, Portable Antiquities Scheme
Archaeologists at work at Tisbury Dig. | Dot Boughton, Portable Antiquities Scheme
Ennigaldi-Nanna's Museum in Turkey. | M. Lubinski
A clay cylinder that may be among the earliest known museum labels. | Sir Leonard Woolley
Miniature Iron Age shields. | British Museum
A collection awaiting conservation. | Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum, Dot Boughton
Bronze horse harness decorations. | Wiltshire Museum, Dot Boughton
Axes, chisels, swords, spearheads, pins and ornaments. | Dot Boughton, Portable Antiquities Scheme
Metal items dating from 2200 to 100 B.C. | British Museum