The most simple and insignificant things can have amazing story and represent great value. It is well-known archaeologists and employees of auction houses. However, sometimes even the expert can not distinguish valuable for science artifact from the usual trinkets.
A UK resident Karl Martin (Karl Martin), an employee of the auction house Hansons Auctioneers, was extremely surprised when I learned that a small earthen pot, into which he puts in the bathroom toothbrushes, made about 4,000 years ago and is of historical value.
Carl bought the trinket quite by accident on sale for just 4 pounds (about 300 rubles), and then put it on a shelf in the bathroom. The Briton, who works as a specialist cleaning of the ancient things were not even aware of the origin of the item and purchased it only because the original ornament tag with the antelope.
So it would have stood rare thing in my whole life on a shelf, until it fell accidentally on the floor and went in the trash, but saved her accident. When unloading the van with antiquities, Martin drew attention to the pot of clay with exactly the same animal ornament as his stand under the brush.
Of course, after that, he immediately took to the potty experts, who recognized him as the dishes made in Western India around 1900 BC. Judging by the ornament, the object was created by the submerged Arapski (India) civilization, which, together with the Egyptian and Mesopotamian among the three major ancient Oriental cultures.
Despite the age of the relics, the wealth of its owner it brought. A pot of antelope is of value only as a subject of ancient culture, and at the auction he can help him only a couple of hundred pounds.
Arapska civilization flourished from 2600 to 1900 BC in the Indus river valley, and then went into decline due to large-scale climate change caused the conversion of fertile land in the valley of the river Sarasvati in the desert.
And Martin can only guess how this ancient subject of the Indus valley was at the flea market in Derbyshire.