The world-class British Museum purports to tell nothing less than the total story of human culture. Based originally upon the collection of Sir Hans Sloane, it was founded in 1753, and its subsequent expansion (it now boasts seven million objects) has kept pace with Britain’s colonial footprint – leading to continuing calls for repatriation of star exhibits like the Elgin Marbles.
This temple to history has not been exempt from modernisation, most notably with the building of Lord Foster’s Great Court to mark the millennium, but the exhibits remain key. Inside you will find Parthenon treasures and fragments of the Seven Wonders of the World in the Greek and Roman Antiquities section, along with mummies and the Rosetta Stone in the finest Egyptian collection outside Cairo.
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The Scythians wreaked terror and admiration in the great plains of Siberia 2,500 years ago. They were nomads and encountered the Greeks, the Assyrians and the Persians in their travels but what happened after that, between then and the time their culture was rediscovered buried underneath the ice? Find out.BFREEd◄ 2
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