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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

British Museum

"Still, two days later, they were standing in the light drizzle of a chilly London evening, outside the magnificent creamy marble pillars of The British Museum. It had already been closed to the public for an hour and she was meant to be meeting her father-in-law here twenty minutes ago. The air was crisp and clean compared to the dusty, barren Jordanian desert. Although dusk had arrived, the lights of the city avoided darkness. Cars, buses and taxis vibrated their way down the high street, a constant background buzz of noise. High-pitched squeals of disc brakes being squeezed accompanied each change in traffic lights."

The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture in London. Its collections, which number more than seven million objects, are amongst the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

The British Museum houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. A collection of immense importance for its range and quality, it includes objects of all periods from virtually every site of importance in Egypt and the Sudan. Together they illustrate every aspect of the cultures of the Nile Valley (including Nubia), from the Predynastic Neolithic period (c. 10,000 BC) through to the Coptic (Christian) times (12th century AD), a time-span over 11,000 years.

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