A History of the World in 100 Objects

I’m listening to the BBC Radio 4 podcast, A History of the World in 100 Objects. Each of the 100 15-minute episodes, tells the story of one item from the British Museum’s collection. The program, written and narrated by Museum Director Neil MacGregor, covers two million years of human history. I like how he has grouped famous and less known objects into weekly themes. This week’s theme, the movement of goods and ideas from 400 – 700AD, includes not only the Sutton Hoo Helmet but also a roof tile from Korea. I learn something new from each episode like where Ramesses II (seen above in a photo I took a few years ago) got that hole in his chest. It was not, as I suspected, the result of a French bullet. The podcast is available on iTunes. Check out the official website here for more information.

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