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Historical artifacts and photographs are always fascinating – they’re like mysterious little keys to another culture – but this roundup of some of the strangest and most mesmerizing artifacts from history might just take the cake. From a piece of bread that dates back to Pompeii to some truly disturbing melted wax figures from a fire at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London, these images are sure to make you think: “yeah, that’s super weird, but I kind of like it.”

Artifacts are objects made by human beings that – with the passage of time – come to represent a cultural or historical moment in the popular imagination. Which is why really weird artifacts are still so interesting – what do they reveal about the societies that created them?

For that matter, in the future, what will our cultural artifacts say about us?

 

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Preserved Loaf Of Bread From Pompeii

Photo:  Jebulon/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Snapshot Of The Models For ‘American Gothic’

Photo: flickr/CC0

17th-Century Memento Mori Ring

Photo:  Death Salon/Twitter

19th-Century Mysterious Carved Coffins Found In Edinburgh

Photo:  اقتباسات من هنا وهناك “”/Facebook

Melted Wax Figures After A 1925 Fire At Madame Toussads In London

Photo: The Ratibor Post/Twitter

Eight-Legged Doll Walking Doll From 19th-Century Russia

Photo: flickr/CC0

19th-Century Mugshot Of The Son Of The Man Who Modernized Mugshots

Photo: SERIOUSLY STRANGE/Twitter

WWII Crash-Test Dummy

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Tipu’s Tiger, Life-Sized Wooden Mechanical Organ From 1793

Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

“Hiding Mother” Photograph From Victorian England

Photo: Anonymous/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

A 19th-Century “Cluster Of Rats” Carving From Japan

Photo: N0MAD/Twitter

17th-Century Palm Reading Chart

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

19th-Century Map Of A Woman’s Heart

Photo: flickr/CC0

19th-Century Ad For Medical Leeches

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Jar Of Pickled Moles

Photo: Dr Hannibal Lecter/Twitter
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