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Metal Plates in the British Museum
TitleMetal Plates in the British Museum
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1936
AuthorsHinckley, Gordon B.
MagazineImprovement Era
Volume39
Issue Number3
Pagination154
Date PublishedMarch 1936
KeywordsAncient America - Mesoamerica; Ancient Egypt; Ancient Near East; Metal Plates; Metallurgy; Recordkeeping
Abstract

Research has shown that the Egyptians, Hebrews, and Greeks used tablets of metal to record important documents. The Inca-ruled natives of Peru and the Aztecs of Mexico engraved records on metal sheets. Engraved records are also found among relics of North American Indians. The British Museum possesses a set of twenty-five silver plates containing Buddha’s first sermon and a gold tablet containing the dedication of the temple to Osiris by Ptolemy Eureregetes, 242-222 B.C.