During my trip to the UK last month I spent a day in London and as usual hit the British Museum. I have visited the BM many, many times and have had my family drag me out into daylight on occasion. Once I nearly got locked into a room featuring early Italian artifacts by a security guard on autopilot (there was a really cool looking Attic-Thracian helmet on the far side of the room). Fortunately his co-worker spotted me in time.
Anyway this year they have a Vikings exhibit featuring lots of cool stuff. Cool stuff in this case includes weapons, armour, house hold articles and A VIKING SHIP (or what's left of it). I especially liked the hands on exhibits that allowed you to touch Viking era artifacts like coins, a sword and an axe head. Now where's a Irish monk so that I can try this out? Well worth the visit if you're in London this summer.
While the Vikings were the main attraction, I also visited some old friends along the way.
|The Isle of Lewes Chessmen|
|Assyrian Lion Hunt|
|The Nereid Monument|
|The Sutton Hoo King|
The really cool thing about the BM is that where ever you go you see something that catches your eye, often something that appears as a picture in a book on ancient or medieval warfare. It's like the world's largest and most active squirrel. Look it's the Rosetta stone! Cool it's the Standard of Ur! Squirrell!
On the way out I of course hit the gift shop. Both my credit card limit and KLM's baggage rules limited what I could take home - but I really want the replica stone carvings from the Parthenon and a Franck's Casket. I had to make do with smaller stuff including
|This great book|
Oh yes and I brought my wife back a set of earrings and necklace featuring the Lewes Chessmen. I have Lewes Chessmen cuff links and she has long since coveted them. I described them as being among the geekiest things I had ever got for her and she loved them. I guess I married the right gal.