The Ashmolean Museum is a museum dedicated to archaeology and art through the ages. It is owned by the University of Oxford. It houses many notable and significant artifacts, such as the Alfred Jewel, which was forged on the orders of King Alfred the Great. The function of the jewel is uncertain, but it is generally accepted that it was attached to a pointer which would then be used to follow words on a page. The museum is free to enter, and does not require booking in advance. It is widely recognised as being the first modern museum, and was named after its founder, Elias Ashmole. It is located on Beaumont Street in Oxford.