A History of the World in 100 Objects

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, talks about selecting100 man-made artifacts that each provide an intimate glimpse of an important turning point in human civilization. The 100-episode BBC series A History of the World in 100 Objects, and its companion book, A History of the World in 100 Objects, stretches back two million years and covers the globe. From the very first hand axe to the ubiquitous credit card, each item tells a story, and together they relate the larger history of mankind.

Starting Tuesday, January 10, the Leonard Lopate Show will be airing the BBC series A History of the World in 100 Objects, an object a day for 100 days.

Stone chopping tool from the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
Stone chopping tool from the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.

Two million BC-10,000 BC. Find out more here.

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Title of the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus from the tomb of an ancient Egyptian scribe.
Title of the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus from the tomb of an ancient Egyptian scribe.

2000 BC-1000 BC. Find out more here.

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The Flood Tablet, the most famous cuneiform tablet from the ancient Middle East.
The Flood Tablet, the most famous cuneiform tablet from the ancient Middle East.

1000 BC - 600 BC. Find out more here.

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A model of a chariot, found as part of a treasure hoard in what is now Tadjikistan.
A model of a chariot, found as part of a treasure hoard in what is now Tadjikistan.

600 BC-200 BC. Find out more here.

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Inner coffin of the ancient Egyptian priest Hornedjitef.
Inner coffin of the ancient Egyptian priest Hornedjitef.

600-200 BC. Find out more here.

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Rosetta Stone.
Rosetta Stone.

200 BC - 200.

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Double-headed serpent.
Double-headed serpent.

1400-1600. Find out more here.

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Throne of Weapons
Throne of Weapons

2001. Copyright Kester 2004. Find out more here.

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Solar-powered lamp and charger.
Solar-powered lamp and charger.

2010. Find out more here.

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