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"Unveiling the Earliest Traces: From Stone-Age Cave Paintings to Pioneering Feats" Step back in time and witness the earliest glimpses of human creativity

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Earliest Collection: Model of Lucy
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Earliest Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
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Earliest Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
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Earliest Collection: Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071
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Earliest Collection: The Code of Hammurabi
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Earliest Collection: Zazel / Human Cannonball
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Earliest Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
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Earliest Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
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Earliest Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
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Earliest Collection: Mr Fezziwigs Ball, illustration by John Leech for A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens( London)
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Earliest Collection: Schizonema Smithii, ca. 1853. Creator: Anna Atkins
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Earliest Collection: Archaeopteryx lithographica [London specimen]
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Earliest Collection: Gotha Bomber
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Earliest Collection: Map / Europe / France / Paris
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Earliest Collection: First Authenticated Christmas Tree - Strasbourg
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Earliest Collection: Archaeopteryx
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Earliest Collection: James Figg, Boxer
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Earliest Collection: 1894 Paris to Rouen
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Earliest Collection: Ancient Olympics
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Earliest Collection: Spitfire at Start War
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Earliest Collection: Kadesh Treaty, 1269 BC. Egyptian-Hittite Peace Treaty. Terra
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Earliest Collection: Earliest man tracked by tooth, discovery in Pliocene strata
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Earliest Collection: Cladostephus spongiosus, ca. 1853. Creator: Anna Atkins
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Earliest Collection: Flight to the Moon by Jules Verne
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Earliest Collection: Crowded Shipping
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Earliest Collection: Ypres Battlefield Markers and signs
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Earliest Collection: First design for the Chateau du Bouilh, Saint Andre de Cubzac, Aquitaine, c
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Earliest Collection: A map of the Colne Valley Cloth District
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Earliest Collection: Advert for Columbia Grafonola
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Earliest Collection: Henry III granting licence to dig coal
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Earliest Collection: Earliest practical reaper harvester
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Earliest Collection: The painter and his wife, 1496 (oil on panel)
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Earliest Collection: Ramesses II receiving a copy of his treaty with the Hittitesfrom Hutchinsons History of
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Earliest Collection: Europe divided into its Kingdoms, c. 1766 (hand-coloured engraved sheet mounted on wood)
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Earliest Collection: Detail of the Right Bank, from the map of Paris c. 1540
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Earliest Collection: Old Newington Church
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Earliest Collection: Ypres Ramparts CWGC Cemetery seen across the moat
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Earliest Collection: The Montagne Sainte-Genevieve, detail from the plan of Paris made c
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Earliest Collection: Map of Paris c. 1540, known as the Plan de la Tapisserie, made as a tapestry c
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Earliest Collection: Page from De Proprietatibus Rerum by Bartholomeus Anglicus
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Earliest Collection: One of the earliest and most beautiful pictures of West Point (colour litho)
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Earliest Collection: Terrific Apparition - Londons First Traffic Light 1869
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Earliest Collection: In the earliest times a simple foot-race was the only event (colour litho)
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Earliest Collection: Men of the Gordon Highlanders (b / w photo)
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Earliest Collection: Mr Councillor Chamberlain (b / w photo)
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Earliest Collection: Pietermaritzburg, Church Street (b / w photo)
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Earliest Collection: Caedmon telling the story of the vision that came in the night (litho)
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Earliest Collection: Joseph Chamberlain, as a Birmingham City councillor


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"Unveiling the Earliest Traces: From Stone-Age Cave Paintings to Pioneering Feats" Step back in time and witness the earliest glimpses of human creativity, as we explore the captivating world of ancient cave paintings. Journey to Chauvet, France, where these mesmerizing Stone-Age artworks transport us thousands of years into the past. The intricate depictions on those walls reveal a profound connection between our ancestors and their surroundings. But let's not confine ourselves solely to visual artistry; let's delve into history itself. Enter The Code of Hammurabi, an ancient Babylonian legal text that provides invaluable insights into early civilization's social structure and justice system. This remarkable artifact showcases humanity's quest for order amidst chaos. Now brace yourself for a spectacle like no other – Zazel, also known as the Human Cannonball. Witness this daredevil performer defy gravity with death-defying leaps through space. A true pioneer in entertainment, Zazel captivated audiences worldwide with her breathtaking stunts that pushed boundaries and redefined what was possible. Shifting gears once more, we find ourselves face-to-face with Archaeopteryx fossil specimens from Berlin and London. These extraordinary discoveries bridge the gap between dinosaurs and birds, offering compelling evidence for evolution over millions of years. They remind us how life has evolved through countless iterations before arriving at its present form. Returning to artistic expressions that transcend time barriers, we encounter Mr Fezziwig's Ball immortalized by John Leech in Charles Dickens' timeless classic A Christmas Carol. Through this enchanting illustration, we catch a glimpse of Victorian-era festivities filled with joyous dancing and merriment—a reminder that traditions have always played a vital role in shaping our cultural fabric. And finally, let us marvel at Anna Atkins' Schizonema Smithii cyanotype print from 1853—an exquisite example of early photography techniques pioneered by women artists like Atkins.