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New finds from Henry Townsend’s letters

...Reverend Townsend’s letters to/from the CMS during his time in West Africa. From these documents, I gained insight into what prompted his desire to become a missionary, his personal background...

Over-modelled skull update

...1930s, although there are no documents to indicate that our donor’s voyages ever took him to the South Sea. However, recent research conducted with the assistance of Oxford’s Pitt-Rivers Museum...

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Cylinder seal

This cylinder seal is engraved with a contest scene showing a winged genie grasping the leg of a winged human-headed bull. The genie wears a kilt with a fringed mantle...

Mesopotamian cylinder seal

Cylinder seals were used like signatures to authenticate documents, or to secure containers. On this seal a horned animal is standing between a temple and a reed hut. Conical reed...

Cylinder seal

Cylinder seals were used to authenticate clay tablet documents or containers of produce. The scene on this seal shows two rampant bulls, a rampant lion, a man wearing a loin...

Touch-Line: Exeter Chiefs fans, Sandy Park Stadium

Michelle Sank’s work has been described as ‘visual anthropology’. She is fascinated by how signs and symbols have been adopted as expressions of identity and belonging. In rugby, the photographer...

Mesopotamian cylinder seal

This Akkadian cylinder seal is made from sparry calcite. The image shows a contest scene with a hero figure standing with a lion on the left and another animal on...