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Ring sundial. The months of the year are marked either side of a slit running along the circumference of the ring. A sliding ring is inset within the groove, with a small square knob and single perforation to allow sunlight to pass through the slit and onto the inner surface. The inner surface is inscribed with lines and numbers for the hours from one to twelve.
 Post-medieval. Cumberland, UK.
 MAA 1919.60. Photography by David Kay.






Sundial and compass in mahogany case, made by
Joshua Springer. 18th Century. Bristol, UK. MAA 1921.63.75. Photography by Gwil Owen.

Two million years of human history. One million artefacts. Countless astonishing stories.