10 things over 1,000 years old that you can see for yourself

These historic artifacts make it possible to come face-to-face with ancient times.

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Terra Cotta Army, Xian, China Terra Cotta Army, Xian, China (Photo: Nutexzles / Shutterstock)

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Face-to-face with the ancient world

The definition of "historic" depends on where you are. In the U.S. and Australia, which both have relatively short recorded histories, anything over 150 years old is museum-worthy. In places like Europe or East Asia, which have narratives that date back millennia instead of centuries, 150-year-old artifacts are largely ignored.

However, truly ancient items can be seen throughout the world, even in places with short recorded histories. These artifacts allow people to come face-to-face with the past and to have a tangible experience that history books and PBS documentaries cannot provide. Here are 10 ancient artifacts that you can see for yourself.

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