Historical artifacts and photographs never fail to fascinate – they're like mysterious keys to other cultures – but this roundup of some of the strangest and most mesmerizing artifacts from history might just take the cake. From a piece of bread that dates back to Pompeii to some truly disturbing melted wax figures from a fire at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London, these images are sure to incite some reaction, be it delight or disgust.
Artifacts are objects made by human beings that – with the passage of time – come to represent a cultural or historical moment in the popular imagination. Which is why really weird artifacts are still so interesting; what do they reveal about the societies that created them?
For that matter, in the future, what will our cultural artifacts say about us?