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As well as their excellent collection of tombstones and sarcophagi, the GNM has more everyday artefacts found in the local area.

 

The Great Northern Museum in Newcastle has a very good collection of Roman tombs and tombstones. Many of these have come from the area of Hadrians Wall and give us an insight into the variety of people serving there and where they originated in the empire.

Some of these give us textual descriptions of the people they commemorate, whilst other also include pictorial representations of the person and their trade.

There also some fine examples of stone sarcophagi.

Some of my favourite fossils from the exhibition

Pterosaur

Cast of pterosaur

Cast of pterosaur

Pterosaur

Pterosaur

Model of pterosaur

Model of pterosaur

Pygopterus

Pygopterus - a preditory fish

Pygopterus – a preditory fish

Icthyosaur

icthyosaur paddle

icthyosaur paddle

icthyosaur paddle

icthyosaur paddle

Icthyosaur

Icthyosaur

I think Ammonites must have been a fearsome looking creature as they made there way around the ancient seas.

Titanes Amonite

Titanes Amonite

Amonite

Amonite

Amonite

Amonite

The Nautilus is the only remaining cephlapod with an external shell and this video gives some idea of what the fossil Ammonites would have been like only bigger.

Nautilus by Frank Lame (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrXjnF_xoETdRe8LvFfZg6Q)

On a recent visit to Newcastle I had the opportunity to pop into the Great Northern Museum (formerly the Hancock Museum) and visit an excellent exhibition on fossils.

The Great Northern Museum, Newcastle

The Great Northern Museum, Newcastle

Crinoids

Crinoids

Crinoids

Crinoids

A model of how Crinoids would have looked.

A model of how Crinoids would have looked.

Crinoids can still be found today in tropical seas

By Alexander Vasenin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Alexander Vasenin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

By Alexander Vasenin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Alexander Vasenin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons