Does this chipped stone tool hold the secret of speech? Was it in making things like this that we learned how to talk to one another?
March 19, 2010 8:18 AM Subscribe
A history of the world in 100 objects. Start with the oldest humanly made object in the British Museum, an Olduvai stone chopping tool, and listen to David Attenborough and others discuss its history (transcript), then, perhaps, take a look at a sculpture of two reindeer swimming, made from a mammoth tusk far back in "deep time", and then fast-forward to the tablet containing the Epic of Gilgamesh's flood story, and much more. Put together by the BBC and the British Museum, all of it features wonderfully produced audio, video, and the ability to search through objects in many ways. The ongoing podcast is currently up to 30 objects, the next set will be broadcast in May.
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