100 objects, no computer?
June 10, 2012 9:52 PM Subscribe
posted by montag2k (18 comments total)
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"A History of the World in 100 Objects
" was a joint project between BBC Radio 4 and the British Museum
that aired in the first part of 2010 (covered here previously
). The show takes on the history of human civilization through 100 objects collected by the British Museum.
The award winning
series of 100 15 minute episodes is fully available for your immediate consumption as a podcast
. The website for the series also features high-resolution pictures of all the objects in the series, a timeline
of all the objects, and categorization by era, material, or even color.
Experts on each object are frequently consulted, but the producers also took time to interview modern artists and craftsmen of similar objects and materials to try to understand to feelings and skills of the creators.
Some of my favorites:
An Indus Seal, from an advanced ancient civilization (2500-2000BC) that was only recently rediscovered in 1924. The language has not yet been translated.
An otter-shaped tobacco pipe from Ohio (200BC-100AD) in which the otter seems to smile at its owner as it is smoked.
A Ming banknote from 1375AD, one of the first examples of paper money in human history.
... I could go on. It is very much worth a look if you missed it on the radio.