Gold body chain from the Hoxne Hoard
Silver handle in form of a tigress from the Hoxne hoard
Silver pepper pot in anthropomorphic form from the Hoxne Hoard, known as the 'Empress Pepper Pot'
Silver pepper pots from the Hoxne Hoard
Twenty-two rings from the Thetford Hoard
Shale pot from the Thetford Hoard
One of a pair of silver dishes from the Mildenhall Treasure
Silver vessel handle, depicting a bust of Juno, from the Capheaton Hoard
Silver wine cups from the Hockwold Hoard
Pot and and some of the contents from the Snettisham jeweller's hoard
Silver-gilt votavive plaque dedicated to Mars, and two silver votive plaques dedicated to Vulcan
Silver penannular brooches from the Penrith Hoard.
Wainfleet hoard from Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, comprising green-glazed ceramic bottle and 380 silver pennies and 3 halfpennies, deposited circa 1200.
Hoard of 1,108 silver groats from the reigns of Edward IV, Henry VI, Richard III and Henry VII, and double patards of Charles the Bold, deposited circa 1505, from Hartford, Huntingdonshire.
Jewllery from the Fishpool Hoard.
Selection of gold coins from the Fishpool Hoard.
Pile of gold coins from the Fishpool Hoard on display at the British Museum.
The Cuerdale hoard of Viking silver on display at the British Museum
Hoard of Romano-British cut silver, ingots and coins
Colchester hoard of over 14,000 silver pennies of King Henry III, found in 1969.
Ballaquayle Hoard, Viking hoard from Ballaquayle, Douglas, Isle of Man, buried circa 970.
Pile of coins from the Frome Hoard on display at the British Museum.
Farmborough Hoard, 61 gold staters, 1st century AD, from Farmborough, Somerset.
Alton B Hoard, 206 gold staters of Tincomarus and Verica, 1st century AD, from Alton, Hampshire.
Alton A Hoard, 50 gold staters of Commios, Tincomarus and Epillus, 1st century AD, from Alton, Hampshire.
Part of the el-Amarna hoard, Egypt, circa 1850-1800 BC (18th dynasty).
Pot hoard comprising 78 Persian silver coins in a small blue-glazed pot, from Sharjah in Trucial Oman, late 17th century.
Iron Age bronze shield, known as the Battersea Shield
Iron Age bronze shield, known as the Wandsworth Shield
The Seax of Beagnoth (also known as the Thames Scramasax)
Bone rectangular plaque or mount with incised runic inscription
Gilt silver mount in the form of an animal head, with a uninterpretable runic inscription
Pottery cremation urn from Loveden Hill, with runic inscription
Copper alloy gilded disc-headed pin inscribed with eleven runic letters
Stone cross fragment, known as the "Lancaster Cross", with runic inscription
Ogham stone from Roovesmore Rath (CISP ROVMO/3)
Jade axe, Canterbury, Kent, England, Neolithic, about 4,000-2,000 BC.
Iron seax, with a straight cutting edge and sharply angled back, known as the "Sittingbourne seax"
Roman ceramic tile showing a Roman lighthouse or "pharos"
Early Anglo-Saxon cinerary urn with swastika motifs, 5th to 6th century, from North Elmham, Norfolk.
Witham Shield, Iron Age, La Tène culture, 400BC - 300BC.
Anglo-Saxon silver disc brooch with Old English inscription on reverse, , Sutton, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, 11th century.
Han dynasty bronze mirror with 'TLV' (Liubo) design
Western Zhou bronze ritual vessel, known as the "Kang hou gui"
Inscription on the "Kang hou gui"
Eastern Zhou bronze bell (bo); one of a set from Houma, Shanxi
Two camels and a groom, made of brown, green glazed earthenware, from the tomb of Liu Tingxun (d. 728)
Two horses and a groom, made of brown, green glazed earthenware, from the tomb of Liu Tingxun (d. 728)
Han dynasty lacquer wine-cup
Sandstone figure of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)
Chinese Ming banknote for 1 guan (1 string of 1000 cash), China, AD 1375.
The David Vases
Jade bi with poem by the Qianlong emperor
Jin dynasty Cizhou ware wine bottle
Ming dynasty Jingdezhen dish with dragon design on yellow enamel
Jin dynasty Jun ware dish with opalescent blue and lavender splashed glazes
Yuan dynasty Jingdezhen dish with a white dragon and pearl design on a monochrome blue background
The Royal Gold Cup
Marine chronometer made by Thomas Earnshaw (Senior) that was used on the HMS Beagle
Base and lid of the anthropoid wooden inner coffin of Hornedjitef, son of Nekhthorheb
Standing figure of a female deity (Tārā) solid cast in bronze and gilded
Detail of the Royal Gold Cup showing the burial of Agnes
The Lion of Knidos
Quartzite head of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III
Black siltstone obelisk of King Nectanebo II of Egypt
Alabaster stela of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II
Totem pole made of wood (cedar)
Totem pole carved of wood
Neo-Assyrian clay tablet, known as the "Flood Tablet"
Gilded silver plate showing a king (identified as Shapur II ) hunting a deer whilst riding a stag
Wooden game-board and game pieces, known as the Royal Game of Ur
Baked clay relief panel, known as the Queen of the Night
Part of a circular clay tablet with depictions of constellations (planisphere)
Fragment of a circular clay tablet with a record of constellations (planisphere)
Foundation tablet from the Temple of Inanna
Sudanese slit drum, Khartoum, Sudan, late 19th century.
Gold coin of Croesus, Lydian, around 550 BC, from modern Turkey.
Hebrew astrolabe, probably Spain, about AD 1345 - 1355.
Maya relief of royal blood-letting (Yaxchilan lintel 24), Mexico, about AD 600-900.
Australian bark shield from Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia, before AD 1770.
Kakiemon elephants from Japan, Edo period, late 17th century AD.
Kilwa pot sherds, Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania, about AD 1000 to 1500.
Borobudur Buddha head, Borobodur, Java, Indonesia, AD 750 - 850.
Japanese bronze mirror with design of two cranes in flight and pine needles, Japan, 12th century AD.
Two harem wall painting fragments, Samarra, Iraq, 9th century AD.
Harem wall painting fragments, Samarra, Iraq, 9th century AD.
Korean roof tile, Korea, 8th century AD.
Ceremonial ballgame belt, Mexico, Classic Veracruz, AD 100-500.
Olmec stone mask, Mexico, about 900-400 BC.
Basse Yutz Flagons, Basse-Yutz, Lorraine, France, Iron Age, about 450 BC.
Jōmon pot, from Japan, early Jōmon period, about 5,000 BC.
North American Otter pipe, Mound City, Ohio, North America, Middle Woodland period, Ohio Hopewell culture, 200 BC - AD 100.
Olduvai handaxe, Lower Palaeolithic, about 1.2 million years old, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.
Olduvai stone chopping tool from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, 1.8-2 million years old.
Copper figure of a bull from the Temple of Ninhursag, Tell al-'Ubaid, southern Iraq, around 2600 BC.
Stone tomb guardian, part human part jaguar, from San Agustin, Columbia, circa AD 300-600.
Stone figurine of a warrior holding a trophy head, from Costa Rica, AD 1000-1500.
Shi'a religious parade standards, made of gilded brass with Arabic inscriptions in openwork.
Maya maize god statue, Copan, Honduras, 600-800
Amber bead with ogham inscription, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, 5th - 7th century.
Sphinx of Taharqo
Standard of Ur ("war panel")
Mold gold cape
Egyptian clay model of cattle
Early writing tablet recording the allocation of beer
Fragment of a pillar of Emperor Ashoka
Ain Sakhri lovers figurine
Statue of Ramesses II
Parthenon sculpture depicting a centaur and a Lapith
Oxus chariot model
Double-headed serpent turquoise mosaic
Taino ritual seat
The Rosetta Stone
Moche warrior pot
Jade dragon cup
Hoa Hakananai'a rear view
Hoa Hakananai'a front view
Early Victorian tea set
Miniature gold llama figurine
Clovis spear point
Some of the Lewis Chessmen
Lewis Chessmen on modern chess board
Wooden reliquary head of St Eustace
Woodblock of St Sebastian
Roman silver ingots with stamped inscriptions