The Day at the Museums (official post)

Yesterday, the group went to the British Library and the British Museum after we dropped our luggage off at the hostel and ate lunch.

While at the British Library, we had one main goal: to see an exhibit called “The Treasures.” This houses many wonderful artifacts from the Beatles to an original copy of the Magna Carta. The exhibit also had many other documents including letters about Mary Queen of Scots, to Cardinal Wolsey from Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Armenian bibles, the papal bull declaring the Magna Carta illegal, and so much more. This was an absolutely marvelous exhibit, and I wonder what the rest of the Library had to offer in terms of such imposing and impressive history.

Afterwards, we went to the British Museum via the Tube from the Kings Cross station. While there, we were on a scavenger hunt, and some of things we had to find were: a mummy, a statue of Ramses II, The Lion Hunt from the Assyrians, the Rosetta Stone, and the Elgin Marbles. We also had to find three things that we thought were “super cool.” For me, one of them was the practice of a wheel burial (I can’t for the life of me remember exactly what it was called or which culture it was from). In essence, the one being buried was laid into the ground with some wagon wheels, and the rest of the wagon was placed over them before the body was submerged in soil. That is an unique send off.

While at the museum, Sir Victor also got to have a little fun and hang out with the artifacts in the Egyptian, Roman, Greek, and other exhibits.

Below, Sir Victor is laying down and hanging out in front of part of a wall artifact from either the Egyptian or Greek exhibit. This artifact also has carvings on both sides of the writing that depict many different people.

Above, Sir Victor is standing in front of a Basalt Stella. According to the information plaque laying to the right of the stella in the picture, the information on the artifact, which is written in Greek, implies this has somethong to do with King Antiochus of Commagene’s cult rituals. It also states this stella was part of an oil press operation (hence the hole in the middle of the stone) and that the stella depicts Herakles and the “Sun God”.

Sir Victor also wanted his picture taken with the wall artifact shown below as we were walking between exhibits. 

The pots seen above with Sir Victor are made of “limestone breccia and andesite porphyry.” According to the plaque explaining these items, while use of these kinds pots were exclusive to the royals and religious buildings back when they were first created (the skills to make such items came during the Late Predynastic era), this technology and the ability to make items with similar materials helped Egypt advance in architecture, extraction, art, and transport.

Finally, before we left, Sir Victor posed with the bust of an Egptian queen. According to the informational plaque, her status in society is given away by the snake on top of her forehead in the headdress. It also states her name was Queen Ahmose-Merytamyn.

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