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Today we dedicated to a visit to the British Museum. We were particularly interested in seeing the Iranian exhibit at the museum, to see the artifacts that the British possess. One of the key artifacts is the Cyrus Cylinder, an ancient clay cylinder dating from the 6th century B.C. The cylinder is inscribed with cuneiform writing, and Iran has claimed the writing to represent the first declaration of universal human rights, though this view is disputed. The museum also featured some video showing a depiction of the original buildings at Persepolis. We re-visited some our favourite Greek and Egyptian exhibits.
We spent the afternoon catching up on the internet. While we always had internet at our hotels in Iran, it was frequently slow, and most American and all Canadian news sites were blocked. Apparently the absence of relations between Canada and Iran dates to the government of Stephen Harper, undoubtedly toadying up to American views.
The British Museum
Cyrus Cylinder
A depiction of Persepolis
A cast of a Persepolis relief
Jim in a lovely gold cape!

Posted by Jimpat 10:14

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