Fun fact: the earliest museum curator we know about was a woman, Princess Ennigaldi of Ur, whose museum catalogued artifacts from earlier Babylonian and surrounding cultures. Her father, King Nabonidus, was the first known archaeologist.
Ennigaldi, who lived in the mid-6th century BCE, meticulously labeled each item in her museum - in three languages! - and took great care to preserve them; some of her collection dated back at least 1500 years.
When she wasn't running her museum, Ennigaldi-Nanna was also High Priestess of Ur and ran a school for priestesses. (She was a pretty accomplished lady!)
Her brother was the Belshazzar of the Old Testament (from the story of the Writing on the Wall); at the time of the story, he was regent in his father's place, since Nabonidus was often out of the city on expeditions.
@noelle That's kind of nuts! There were no Bronze Age museums that we know of? That actually kind of hurts my head.
@_ampersand Not as far as we know!
@noelle it's absolutely insane how old civilization is, and even more insane how old everything else is
@noelle that's amazing!
@noelle This is so cool, thank you for sharing.
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