We are back in London staying in a hotel on the edge of Piccadilly
We spent today at the British Museum. Although it has a collection
of about 8 million items, there arenít anywhere near that number
on display at any time. In fact, much of the museum is currently
closed due to a massive reconstruction program. We did get to see
most of the items we were interested in.
We saw the Rosetta Stone, the Egyptian mummies, the Elgin marbles
(a collection of statues and the frieze from the Acropolis in Athens),
and some huge Assyrian statues of bulls with wings. We then looked
at oriental exhibits, Roman and Greek statuary, a lot of Near Eastern
exhibits and statuary from Crete. The only exhibits that I wanted
to see that were closed were the Magna Carta and Biblical Archeology.
There are lots of exhibits of archeological finds in Great Britain.
These cover all the time periods from the Celts, through the Anglo-Saxons,
and through the Roman and pos-Roman periods. Of particular interest
are the treasure finds of gold and silver coins, jewelry, dishes,
and weapons. The most significant exhibit, as far as the museum
is concerned, is a find called the Sutton Hoo Treasure. It is a
burial site where the king of chieftain was buried with a large
boat and his treasures.
No pictures today.
Tomorrow its off to Scotland.