Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
The promotion advancement of science, literature and art
Adela C. Breton (daughter of BRLSI founding member William Breton), followed her father's passion for exploration, athough she took her tour on horseback in Mexico. Along with her guide Pablo she collected archaeological material throughout Mexico and produced important academic work at the Mayan site of Chichén Itzá in the state Yucatan, Mexico. She donated some of her finds to the collections.
Middle Palaeolithic Hand Axe: The flat-ended profile of this axe, found in Farnham, Surrey, is very characteristic of Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis) craftsmanship of this period of the Middle Palaeolithic (25,000-40,000 BP). At one Neanderthal site in East Anglia a similar handaxe was found lodged in a Wooly Mammoth's tusk.