BBC Inside Out South goes in search of the objects which have shaped history as part of the History of the World project.
Presenter Joe Crowley and Tom Higham from Oxford University look at some of the amazing treasures in the South's museums and collections.
From a Roman gold coin named after the Emperor Vespasian to a silver bottle said to contain the remains of a witch, we are on the track of the best historic object in the region.
Other objects on the list include a 1936 Morris car, a bicycle dating from 1910, a carved funnel used by a Maori chief, and a musical instrument from the Mary Rose Tudor ship.
We also look at the story behind the wreckage of a Hurricane fighter plane shot down during the Battle of Britain in World War II.
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The Mary Rose Museum
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
Pitt Rivers Museum