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  • 2,000-year-old homework book

    Writing tablet Created date: 2nd century

    These two wax tablets, once bound together with string, are pages of a Greek homework book from around 2,000 years ago. ...

  • 4,000 year old tablet recording temple offerings

    Clay tablet Created date: 2350-1794 BC

    This 4,000-year-old tablet contains a list of cattle and donkeys offered as gifts to the a temple by a person called Ba-...

  • 4,000-year old tablet recording workers' wages

    Clay tablet Created date: 2100–2000 BC

    This tablet preserves an account of wages paid to workers 4,000 years ago.  Developed in Ancient Mesopotamia, clay table...

  • A Torah fragment in Babylonian Aramaic and Hebrew

    Manuscript Created date: 11th Century – 12th century

    An example of a Torah fragment written in square Hebrew script from either Iraq or Iran. This page pertains to the Book...

  • Apple IIe computer

    Computer Created date: 1983

    Apple II computers were among the first microcomputers to be produced. They were designed primarily by Steve Wozniak and...

  • Burmese tattooing implements

    Tattooing implement Created date: 19th century

    In the 19th century, it was seen as a rite of passage for young Burmese men to endure the painful process of being tatto...

  • Chinese calligraphy manual

    Manual, Printed Book Created date: 1835

    One of the distinctive features of traditional Chinese calligraphy is that the brush is held at a right angle to the pag...

  • Chinese oracle bone

    Bones Created date: Between 1300 BC and 1050 BC

    Oracle bones were used for divination over three thousand years ago in ancient China and they are among the oldest items...

  • Cicero's De Officiis (1498)

    Manuscript Created date: 1498

    De Officiis is by the Roman writer Marcus Tullius Cicero, and dates from 44 BC. It is in the form of a letter to his son...

  • Commercial correspondence from Mosul

    Letter Created date: 1881

    Jeremiah Shamer, a book merchant, wrote this letter about the sale of religious books in both Arabic (top) and Modern As...

  • Double Pigeon Chinese Typewriter

    Typewriter Created date: 1975

    The Double Pigeon Chinese typewriter became iconic in Maoist China (1949–76). Its design reflects almost a century of ex...

  • Egyptian stela with hymn to Osiris

    Limestone stela Created date: c. 1600 BC

    This limestone stela shows classical hieroglyphs from 3,600 years ago. It contains a hymn to the god of the netherworld,...

  • Etruscan alphabet from inscriptions

    Manuscript Created date: 1552-1717

    Greek colonists took the alphabet to Italy, where the Etruscans changed it to suit their needs. These 16th-century notes...

  • First printed edition of The Canterbury Tales by G...

    Printed Book Created date: 1476–77

    The Canterbury Tales is a poetical work of 24 stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer in the years 1387 to...

  • Gutenberg Bible

    Printed Book

    Johann Gutenberg’s Bible is probably the most famous Bible in the world. It is the earliest full-scale work printed in E...