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Colonial-era artifacts from the World Trade Center site

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I saw this display last week at the 9-11 Museum, which is part of the World Trade Center site in NYC. These artifacts were found by forensic anthropologists who were searching “near the World Trade Center site” for remains of 9-11 victims, according to museum signage. The colonial-era artifacts are reminers that “much of lower Manhattan was built atop a landfill,” the museum sign says. Imagine what the world looked like to the eyes of those who last saw these items before they were unearthed in 2006.

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Postcard: 9-11 Memorial and Museum, NYC

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Christ busted

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Ancient imagination: a fierce terracotta beast

Terracotta animal in Mesopotamian/Babylonian collection at the British Museum, Dec. 30, 2009

One of my favorite photos from my visits to the British Museum: A terracotta animal in Mesopotamian/Babylonian collection at the British Museum; photo taken on Dec. 30, 2009.

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Ancient imagination: The Lion of Knidos

Sadie & me in front of the Lion of Knidos, inside the British Museum, Dec. 30, 2009

Sadie & me in front of the Lion of Knidos, inside the British Museum, Dec. 30, 2009

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Ancient Imagination: Plate with sphinx and bird

Ancient Imagination: Plate with sphinx and bird

“Black-figured with a sphinx and a bird … about 500-550 BC From Marion, Cyprus.” Photo taken at the British Museum on Jan. 8, 2010.

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Ancient Imagination: Hero versus griffin in Persepolis

Ancient Imagination: Hero versus griffin in Persepolis

“Cast of royal hero from doorway … Persepolis, Iran … About 490-470 B.C.” Photographed at the British Museum, Jan. 8, 2010.

I’m curious about the sources of ancient imagination — why our ancestors saw similar things in their minds’ eyes. During the past four years, I’ve been able to travel overseas quite a bit, and I’ve photographed numerous strange creatures in art, architecture, and museums.