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Mystery Objects

This gallery includes eight different items. Some of them are objects from our human history collection, and some of them are photographs of animals in our natural history collection. The first time you see the object it won’t be identified. Can you guess what it is? What do you think it is used for? Is it natural or human made? Find out what it is by clicking to the following image in the gallery. 

Image of a long narrow spike with a curved handle on one end. At the end near the handle there is a hook and a small cup-like shape.
A carved, wooden object made to fit the grasp of a human hand.
A carved, wooden mat creaser made to be held by a human hand.
Image of a wooden object, shaped like a wooden spoon, with a long, narrow stick-like part with a brass piece on one end and a wider spoon-like shape on the other end.
Image of a wooden scale used for weighing.
Image of a rubber cast of an animal that lives in the ocean.
Image of a rubber cast of a sea creature called a Lemon Nudibranch.
Image of the shell of an animal that lives in the ocean.
Image of the shell of the marine invertebrate the Northern Abalone
A 60 cm (two feet) long stick. The stick is slightly wider and thicker at one end in the rough shape of a handle, and tapers down to a narrow end. At the narrow end there is a small white stone or bone projecting out about half a centimetre. There is a groove carved down the middle that goes from the bone projectile to the handle shape. On the backside of the handle end there is a small indentation for a finger to fit into.
A 60 cm (two foot) long stick. The stick is slightly wider and thicker at one end and tapers down to a narrow end. At the narrow end there is a small white stone or bone projecting out about half a centimetre.
A large iron structure consisting of a series of wheels, gears and levers. The large centre wheel is perforated.
A large iron structure consisting of a series of wheels, gears and levers. The large centre wheel is perforated.
A brown, tube-like structure with yellow ridges circling its diameter in intervals along the surface.
A Hot Vent Tubeworm, has a brown, tube-like structure with yellow ridges circling its diameter in intervals along the surface.

Please feel free to use these images to educate and inspire in your classrooms.  Should you wish to use them for any other purposes, please contact the Royal BC Museum and Archives at 250-387-1952 or access@bcarchives.bc.ca