This is the Alfred Jewel, the single most famous object in the Ashmolean. I simply could not get a good picture of it and there were lots of people crowding around to see it, so I couldn't stand there trying . It has been dated to the late 9th century, during the reign of Alfred the Great. The general consensus now is that it was at one time attached to a rod, and was a pointer stick for following words while reading a book. It's about 2 1/2 inches long and made of filigreed gold enclosing a tear-shaped piece of rock crystal with the figure of a man (perhaps Christ). Around the sides there is a rim with the inscription: "Aelfred mec heht gewyrcan" (Alfred ordered me to be made). The gold animal head base has a hollow socket. The jewel was found on a country estate in 1693.
Blackwell's Bookstore--the Mother Ship! I only bought one book in there---proud of myself.
The Eagle and Child pub--called by locals "The Bird and Baby." I had dinner there one night with some other people from the tour group.