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From the Bone to the iPhone: Prized possessions throughout history

 
 
 
 
 

From the bone to the iPhone, humans have prized their possessions throughout history. In some cases, value, like beauty, may be in the eye of the beholder. A cave full of bone tools may not mean much to you, but to the typical Neanderthal, they could mean the difference between survival and, well, death. Although life in the caves was undoubtedly tough, Neanderthals still spared a thought for vanity – jewellery has been found in many of their cave sites.

Imagine a world where bread’s more expensive than a gun. Sounds like something out of dystopian sci-fi novel, unless you lived around the time of the French Revolution. Marie Antoinette spent an estimated $2 billion building the Palace at Versailles instead of running the country!

Not to worry, Antoinette’s home and contents bill would pale in comparison to The Vatican, who are rumoured to have at least $15 billion worth of artifacts stored in Vatican City – that’s a lot of ancient scrolls.

Forget princesses and popes, what about normal people? We’ll, if you’re a fiend for the latest iGadget, spare a thought for those living it up in the 80s. A mobile phone could have cost you more than $4000!

Check out some of humanity’s prized possessions over the last few thousand years!

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