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Artefacts: Introduction

Do you appreciate the beauty and interest of ancient artefacts?

Explore our growing series of short articles focusing on interesting themes and selected artefacts from excavations and museums around the world, highlighting their significance and appeal.

We include links for the purchase of high-quality museum replicas and other items of related interest such as books, art, jewellery and relevant tour destinations.

The Dipylon Amphora, c.760 BC. National Archaeological Museum, Athens.

The Dipylon Amphora, c.760 BC. National Archaeological Museum, Athens.

On our travels we see many wonderful museum pieces that have been excavated from archaeological sites. They may be iconic works of art or just simple, everyday objects but they can all speak volumes about the people and societies that created them.

Material Culture

Artefacts embody the relationships between people and things. They carry meaning and memory and they recall the past, refilling it with things. thoughts and actions. They also remind us of our own experiences, and particularly of our own travels in archaeology.

Informed Purchasing

Genuine antiquities have inspired beautiful museum replicas, elegant jewellery, and modern designs of many forms. These make great souvenirs, valued personal items and interesting gifts.

Browse our artefact pages. They are full of context and inspiration for more informed and meaningful choices, helping you to enjoy the connections between travel, archaeology and artefacts.

Roman bronze reduction of Myron's Discobolus, 2nd century AD (Glyptothek, Munich).



Article 1: The Discobolus

The discus-thrower was sculpted to embody ancient Greek ideals of perfection and harmony in body, mind and spirit. It has become the iconic symbol of athleticism and the Olympic Games…Read more




Article 2: Venus Figurines

Representations of women are amongst the most admired works of ancient art, and are particularly important to our understanding of gender and religion in the past…Read more…


You might also like: 

“A History of the World in 100 Objects”
The official book of Radio 4’s celebrated programme , ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ tells an epic history of humanity over two million years through 100 man-made objects, all from the British Museum’s collection.
o to the British Museum shop… Hardback £20. Paperback £9.99. CD set £30


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