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A History of the World in 100 Objects

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Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programmes that retell humanity's history through the objects we have made

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Solar-powered lamp and charger

13:34 | Oct 22nd, 2010

The very last episode in Neil MacGregor's history of humanity as told through the things that time has left behind. The director of the British Museum in London has spent the past year choosing objects from the museum's vast collection to represent a...Show More

Credit card

13:59 | Oct 21st, 2010

Neil MacGregor's history of the world as told through things. Throughout this week he is examining objects that speak of the great shifts in human organisation and thinking in the modern world - objects that raise questions about human lives, the env...Show More

Throne of Weapons

14:09 | Oct 20th, 2010

The history of humanity, as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London, is drawing to an end. Throughout this week, Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum in London, has been with things that help explain the mod...Show More

Hockney's In the Dull Village

13:24 | Oct 19th, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor's history of the world is examining the forces that helped shape our way of life and ways of thinking today. He began with the political revolution that exploded In Russia in the 1920s and today he moves on to the sexual revo...Show More

Russian revolutionary plate

14:05 | Oct 18th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's history of the world as told through things that time has left behind. Throughout this closing week he is examining some of the major social and political movements that have helped shape our contemporary landscape. Today he tells th...Show More

Suffragette-defaced penny

14:02 | Oct 15th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history told through objects from the British Museum in London. The objects he has chosen this week have reflected on mass production and mass consumption in the 19th century. Today' he is with the first object from the 20th ce...Show More

Sudanese slit drum

13:47 | Oct 14th, 2010

The history of humanity as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London. This week Neil MacGregor, the Director of the Museum, is looking at Europe's engagement with the rest of the world during the 18th Century. Today he is w...Show More

Hokusai's The Great Wave

13:49 | Oct 13th, 2010

The history of humanity - as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London - is once again in Japan. This week Neil MacGregor, the museum's director, is looking at the global economy in the 19th century - at mass production and m...Show More

Early Victorian tea set

14:14 | Oct 12th, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor's history of the world is looking at how the global economy became cemented in the 19th century, a time of mass production and mass consumption. He tells the story of how tea became the defining national drink in Britain - wh...Show More

Ship's chronometer from HMS Beagle

14:02 | Oct 11th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's history of the world as told through things. Throughout this week he is examining the global economy of the 19th century - of mass production and mass consumption. Today he is with an instrument that first helped Europeans to navigat...Show More

Jade bi

14:02 | Oct 8th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history told through the things that time has left behind. Throughout this week, Neil has been looking at Europe's discoveries around the world and its engagement with different cultures during the 18th century - the European E...Show More

Australian bark shield

13:46 | Oct 7th, 2010

The history of humanity as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London. This week Neil MacGregor, the Director of the Museum, is looking at Europe's engagement with the rest of the world during the 18th Century. Today he is w...Show More

North American buckskin map

13:53 | Oct 6th, 2010

The history of humanity - as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London - is once again in North America. This week Neil MacGregor, the museum's director, is looking at Europe's engagement with the rest of the world in the 18t...Show More

Hawaiian feather helmet

13:55 | Oct 5th, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor's history of the world is telling the story of European encounters across the globe during the 18th century. Today he finds out what happened to Captain Cook as he was mapping and collecting in the Pacific. Neil tells the s...Show More

Akan drum

14:18 | Oct 4th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's history of the world as told through things that time has left behind. Throughout this week he is examining the often troubled relationship between Europe and the rest of the world during the 18th century. Today he tells the extrao...Show More

Reformation centenary broadsheet

13:51 | Oct 1st, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history as told through things that time has left behind. This week Neil is looking at the co-existence of faiths - peaceful or otherwise - across the globe around 400 years ago. So far he has looked at objects from India and C...Show More

Mexican codex map

14:18 | Sep 30th, 2010

The history of humanity as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London. This week Neil MacGregor is looking at the co-existence of faiths - peaceful or otherwise - across the globe around 400 years ago. Today he is with a docum...Show More

Shadow Puppet of Bima

14:03 | Sep 29th, 2010

The history of humanity - as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London - is in South East Asia. This week Neil MacGregor, the museum's director, is with the objects from across the world around 400 years ago that explore the ...Show More

Miniature of a Mughal prince

14:16 | Sep 28th, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor's history of the world is looking at the co-existence of faiths - peaceful or otherwise - across the globe around 400 years ago. Today he is in one of the great Islamic empires of the 16th and 17th centuries - in Mughal India...Show More

The Shi'a religious parade standard

14:00 | Sep 27th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history as told through things. This week he is exploring the development and co-existence of faiths across the globe around 400 years ago, looking at objects from India and Central America, Europe and Indonesia that embody the...Show More

Pieces of eight

13:54 | Sep 24th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history as told through things that time has left behind. This week he is exploring the world between 1450 and 1600 - looking at what was happening in South America, Africa and Japan at the time of the great European age of dis...Show More

Kakiemon elephants

13:56 | Sep 23rd, 2010

The history of humanity as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London is this week exploring the world at the time of European discovery - between 1450 and 1600. Today Neil MacGregor is with a pair of white elephants, the size...Show More

Double-headed serpent

13:44 | Sep 22nd, 2010

The history of humanity - as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London - is back in South America. This week Neil MacGregor, the museum's director, is with objects from around the world between 1450 and 1600. This is the time...Show More

Benin plaque - the Oba with Europeans

13:57 | Sep 21st, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor's history of the world is exploring the impact of the great European age of expansion and discovery during the 15th and 16th Centuries. In the last programme he described the technology that allowed Europeans to sail around t...Show More

The mechanical galleon

13:54 | Sep 20th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history as told through things. This week he is exploring the impact of Western European travel, trade and conquest between 1450 and 1600. He kicks off with an exquisite miniature version of the sort of high tech vessel that wa...Show More

Durer's Rhinoceros

14:04 | Sep 17th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history as told through things that time has left behind. This week he is exploring vigorous empires that flourished across the world 600 years ago - visiting the Inca in South America, Ming Dynasty China, and the Timurids in t...Show More

Jade Dragon Cup

14:00 | Sep 16th, 2010

The history of humanity as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London is this week exploring powerful empires around the world in the 14th and 15th centuries. Today he is with a handsome jade cup that once belonged to one of t...Show More

Inca Gold Llama

14:01 | Sep 15th, 2010

The history of humanity - as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London - is back in South America. This week Neil MacGregor, the museum's director, is with the powerful elites - exploring the great empires across the world 60...Show More

Ming Banknote

14:00 | Sep 14th, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor's history of the world is exploring the great empires of around 1500 - the threshold of the modern era. Today he is in Ming Dynasty China and with a surviving example of some of the world's first paper bank notes - what the C...Show More

Tughra of Suleiman the Magnificent

13:51 | Sep 13th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history as told through things. This week he is exploring the great empires of the world around 1500 - from the Inca in South America to the Ming in China and the Timurids in the Middle East. Today he is with the great Islamic ...Show More

Hoa Hakananai'a Easter Island Statue

14:08 | Jul 9th, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor is exploring the sophisticated ways in which people connected to gods and ancestors in the Middle Ages. He is looking at religious images from India, France, Mexico and Turkey. Today - in the last programme of the second s...Show More

Statue of Huastec Goddess

13:55 | Jul 8th, 2010

The history of humanity as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London is in Mexico. This week Neil MacGregor is meeting the Gods - exploring the sophistication of religious art in the 14th and 15th centuries as people around t...Show More

Shiva and Parvati Sculpture

13:59 | Jul 7th, 2010

The history of humanity as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London is back in India. This week Neil MacGregor is with the gods - exploring the sophistication of religious art in the 14th and 15th centuries, as people around...Show More

Icon of the Triumph of Orthodoxy

14:07 | Jul 6th, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor's world history as told through objects is describing how people expressed devotion and connection with the divine in the 14th and 15th centuries. Today he is with an icon from Constantinople that looks back in history to ...Show More

Holy Thorn Reliquary

13:56 | Jul 5th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history as told through things. This week he is exploring the sophisticated ways that people expressed religious yearning in the 14th and 15th centuries. He is looking at the statues of gods and ancestors - in India, Mexico and...Show More

Taino Ritual Seat

14:09 | Jul 2nd, 2010

The history of humanity as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum. This week the Museum's director, Neil MacGregor, is exploring high status objects from across the world around 700 years ago. Today he tells the story of a beautif...Show More

The David Vases

14:24 | Jul 1st, 2010

The history of the world as told through objects that time has left behind. This week Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, has chosen some of the great status symbols of the world around 700 years ago - objects with quite surprising li...Show More

Ife Head

14:07 | Jun 30th, 2010

The history of humanity as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum is back in Africa. This week Neil MacGregor is exploring high status objects from across the world around 700 years ago. Today he has chosen a sculpture widely cons...Show More

Hebrew Astrolabe

14:18 | Jun 29th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history as told through objects at the British Museum. This week he is exploring high status objects from across the world around 700 years ago. Today he has chosen an astronomical instrument that could perform multiple tasks i...Show More

Lewis Chessmen

14:25 | Jun 28th, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, has chosen some of the great status symbols of the world around 700 years ago - objects with quite surprising links across the globe. Today he is with one of the most familiar objects at...Show More

Kilwa pot sherds

14:01 | Jun 25th, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor has been looking at objects from Japan, Britain, Java and central Europe, exploring the great arcs of trade that connected Africa, Europe and Asia a thousand years ago. Today he sifts through a selection of broken pots, found...Show More

Borobudur Buddha head

14:12 | Jun 24th, 2010

A history of the World in one hundred objects arrives on the Indonesian island of Java. This is the series that offers a new history of humanity through the individual objects that time has left behind. These items are all in the British Museum and t...Show More

Japanese bronze mirror

14:03 | Jun 23rd, 2010

The history of humanity as told through one hundred objects from the British Museum in London. This week Neil MacGregor is looking at objects from Tanzania, Britain, Java and central Europe, exploring the great arcs of trade that connected Africa, Eu...Show More

Hedwig glass beaker

14:09 | Jun 22nd, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history as told through objects at the British Museum. This week he is looking at how objects moved around the medieval world in the context of war, trade and faith and the quite incredible degree of contact between Asia, Europ...Show More

Vale of York Hoard

14:07 | Jun 21st, 2010

The history of the world as told through objects that history has left behind. This week Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, has chosen objects that bring life to the traders, pilgrims and raiders who swept across the vast expanse of ...Show More

Chinese Tang tomb figures

14:20 | Jun 18th, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor is exploring life in the great royal courts across the world during Europe's medieval period, from the heart of Europe to Mexico and Sri Lanka. Today he is in China of the Tang Dynasty around 700 AD. He tells how the elite of...Show More

Statue of Tara

14:03 | Jun 17th, 2010

The history of the world as told through one hundred of the objects. The objects are selected from the collection of the British Museum by its director, Neil MacGregor. This week, Neil is exploring life in the great royal courts across the world du...Show More

Lothair Crystal

13:52 | Jun 16th, 2010

This week, Neil MacGregor is exploring life in the great royal courts around the world during Europe's medieval period. It's easy to forget that the civilisations of Tang China, the Islamic Empire and the Maya in Mesoamerica were all at their peak du...Show More

Harem wall painting fragments

14:08 | Jun 15th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history as told through objects at the British Museum. This week, he is exploring life and intrigue in the great courts of the world at the same time as the European medieval period. Today he is with the women of Samarra in Ira...Show More

Maya Relief of Royal Blood-Letting

14:08 | Jun 14th, 2010

The history of the world as told through objects. This week Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, is exploring power and intrigue in the great royal courts of the world around 800 AD. Today's object offers a story of authority, pain and...Show More

Silk Princess Painting

14:13 | Jun 11th, 2010

Throughout this week, Neil MacGregor has been exploring the world of the late 7th century, with objects from South America, Britain, Syria and Korea. Today's object is from the 4000 mile tangle of routes that has become known as the Silk Road - tha...Show More

Korean Roof Tile

14:09 | Jun 10th, 2010

4 Extra Debut. Korea: source of modern-day electronic components. Neil MacGregor delves into the history of an artefact from the region.

Moche Warrior Pot

14:22 | Jun 9th, 2010

The history of the world as told through one hundred objects arrives in 7th Century Peru. Throughout this week Neil MacGregor is exploring along the Silk Road and beyond, ranging from Korea to East Anglia. But what was life and culture like in South ...Show More

Sutton Hoo Helmet

14:03 | Jun 8th, 2010

The history of the world as told through one hundred objects. This week Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, is exploring the world in the 7th Century, at a time when the teachings of Islam were transforming the Middle East and goods a...Show More

Gold Coins of Abd al-Malik

14:08 | Jun 7th, 2010

The history of the world as told through one hundred of the objects that time has left behind. The objects are from the British Museum and tell the story of humanity over the past 2 million years. They are chosen by the museum's director, Neil MacGre...Show More

Arabian Bronze Hand

14:23 | Jun 4th, 2010

Throughout this week Neil MacGregor is looking at how the great faiths were creating new visual aids to promote devotion around the world of 1700 years ago. Having looked at emerging images from Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Buddhism he ...Show More

Hinton St Mary Mosaic

13:58 | Jun 3rd, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor is exploring how many of the great religions, less than 2000 years ago, began creating sophisticated new images to aid prayer and focus devotion. Many of the artistic conventions created then are still with us. In today's pro...Show More

Silver Plate Showing Shapur II

14:02 | Jun 2nd, 2010

Throughout this week Neil MacGregor is describing how people across the globe around 1700 years ago found new images to express their religious beliefs. Today's object is a dramatic visualisation of power and faith in 4th Century Iran. It is a silve...Show More

Gold Coin of Kumaragupta I

14:19 | Jun 1st, 2010

This week Neil MacGregor is exploring how several of the great religions around the world, less than 2000 years ago, began creating sophisticated new images to represent their beliefs and their deities. Many of the images created then are still with ...Show More

Seated Buddha from Gandhara

13:49 | May 31st, 2010

This week the history of the world as told through one hundred objects is looking at how the world's great religions began trying to find the perfect way to visually express the divine, less than 2000 years ago. Today, Neil MacGregor looks at how a...Show More

Hoxne Pepper Pot

14:12 | May 28th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history told through objects at the British Museum arrives in Britain at the time of the Roman collapse. Throughout this week he has been looking at how different cultures around the globe were pursuing pleasure, roughly 2000 y...Show More

Admonitions Scroll

14:20 | May 27th, 2010

Throughout this week, Neil MacGregor has been exploring pleasure and recreation across the world of 200 years ago. Today he arrives in China to explore a painting based on a poem that attempts to define the proper behaviour for women during the tumul...Show More

Ceremonial Ballgame Belt

14:11 | May 26th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's history of humanity as told through one hundred objects that time has left behind. This week he is looking at objects of leisure and pleasure around the world about 2000 years ago. How were we amusing ourselves back then? Today's obj...Show More

North American Otter Pipe

14:10 | May 25th, 2010

The history of the world as explained through objects arrives in North America 2000 years ago and a stone pipe used in ritual. It is one of hundreds of pipes shaped as animals that were found in huge mounds in present day Ohio. Neil MacGregor pieces...Show More

Warren Cup

14:05 | May 24th, 2010

Throughout this week Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum in London, is exploring the ways in which people were seeking pleasure around the world 2000 years ago, from pipe smoking in North America to court etiquette in China. He starts ...Show More

Head of Augustus

14:03 | May 21st, 2010

Neil MacGregor concludes the first week of the second part of his global history as told through objects from the British Museum. This week he has been exploring the lives and methods of powerful rulers around the world about 2000 years ago, from Ale...Show More

Chinese Han lacquer cup

14:07 | May 20th, 2010

In a week of programmes exploring the nature of power and the emergence of new rulers around the world 2000 years ago, Neil MacGregor takes us to Han Dynasty China. He tells the story of how the Chinese maintained loyalty and control by dispensing lu...Show More

Rosetta Stone

14:05 | May 19th, 2010

Today's programme finds Neil MacGregor in the company of one of the best known inhabitants of the British Museum - the Rosetta Stone. Throughout this week he is exploring shifting empires and the rise of legendary rulers around the world over 2000 ye...Show More

Pillar of Ashoka

14:11 | May 18th, 2010

The history of the world as told through objects at the British Museum arrives in India over 2000 years ago. Throughout this week Neil MacGregor is exploring the lives and methods of powerful new leaders. Today he looks at how the Indian ruler Asho...Show More

Head of Alexander

13:52 | May 17th, 2010

Neil MacGregor opens the second part of his global history as told through objects from the British Museum in London. This week he is exploring the lives and methods of powerful rulers around the world 2000 years ago, asking what enduring qualities a...Show More

Chinese Bronze Bell

14:05 | Feb 26th, 2010

Neil MacGregor continues to explore the emergence of sophisticated new powers across the world 2,500 years ago, from the Parthenon in Greece to the great empire of Cyrus in Persia and the forgotten people of the Olmec in Mexico. In this programme h...Show More

Olmec Stone Mask

13:49 | Feb 25th, 2010

Neil MacGregor selects a miniature mask to tell the story of the Olmec, the mysterious people of ancient Mexico who lived before the time of the Aztecs or Maya. As the Parthenon was being created in Greece and the Persians were expanding the world'...Show More

Basse Yutz Flagons

14:11 | Feb 24th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's history of the world recounted through objects at the British Museum arrives in Northern Europe 2,500 years ago. Neil explores the early world of the Celts through two bronze drinking flagons, considered to be the most important an...Show More

Parthenon Sculpture: Centaur and Lapith

14:11 | Feb 23rd, 2010

Neil MacGregor examines the emergence of powerful new forces across the globe around the fifth century BC, from Confucius in China to Cyrus in Persia. In this programme he looks at the emotionally-charged sculptures that were made for the Parthenon...Show More

Oxus Chariot Model

14:09 | Feb 22nd, 2010

Neil MacGregor's world history told through objects at the British Museum arrives in Persia 2,500 years ago. Throughout this week, Neil examines powerful leaders across the ancient world. In this programme he focuses on Cyrus, the first Persian emp...Show More

Gold Coin of Croesus

13:50 | Feb 19th, 2010

Neil MacGregor has been looking at the collapse of old regimes and the emergence of new powers from the Middle East to China. In this programme, he describes how a powerful new state finds a dramatic way to help run its increasingly complex economy a...Show More

Paracas Textile

14:02 | Feb 18th, 2010

The director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. The theme so far has been one of empires collapsing, new regimes an...Show More

Chinese Zhou Ritual Vessel

13:56 | Feb 17th, 2010

The Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. Three thousand years ago the world was in huge flux, with new powers ...Show More

Sphinx of Taharqo

13:40 | Feb 16th, 2010

Neil MacGregor continues to describe the power struggles across the globe around 3,000 years ago, as ambitious new forces set about creating the first cities and building sophisticated new societies - from the Middle East to South America. Neil des...Show More

Lachish Reliefs

13:49 | Feb 15th, 2010

Neil MacGregor's history of the world told through objects from the British Museum arrives at the Palace of Sennacherib in Northern Iran. Throughout this week, Neil MacGregor explains the key power struggles taking place across the globe around 3,0...Show More

Statue of Ramesses II

13:49 | Feb 12th, 2010

Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. The story arrives in Egypt around 1250 BC. At the heart of this programme...Show More

Mold Gold Cape

14:16 | Feb 11th, 2010

Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. Neil MacGregor continues to explore the world of around 3,600 years ago t...Show More

Minoan Bull Leaper

14:08 | Feb 10th, 2010

Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. The series arrives in Crete around 1700 BC to tell the story of man's fas...Show More

Rhind Mathematical Papyrus

13:56 | Feb 9th, 2010

The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. In a week that explores man's early experiments with numbers, Neil ...Show More

Flood Tablet

13:57 | Feb 8th, 2010

The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. A small tablet was found in modern Iraq and brought back to the Bri...Show More

Early Writing Tablet

13:54 | Feb 5th, 2010

This week's programmes looks at the growing sophistication of humans around the globe, between 5000 and 2000 BC. Mesopotamia had created the royal city of Ur, the Indus valley boasted the city of Harappa and the great early civilisation of Egypt was ...Show More

Jade Axe

14:00 | Feb 4th, 2010

This week's programmes look at the growing sophistication of modern humans around the globe between 5000 and 2000 BC. Mesopotamia had built the royal city of Ur, the Indus valley boasted the city of Harappa, and the great early civilisation of Egypt ...Show More

Indus Seal

13:56 | Feb 3rd, 2010

The ancient city of Harappa lies around 150 miles north of Lahore in Pakistan. It was once one of the great centres of a civilisation that has largely disappeared, one with vast trade connections and boasting several of the world's first cities. At a...Show More

Standard of Ur

14:21 | Feb 2nd, 2010

Neil MacGregor examines the first great civilisations and one of the most spectacular discoveries of ancient royal goods. The magnificent gold and silver jewellery was found nearly 100 years ago at a royal burial site in the City of Ur in southern Ir...Show More

King Den's Sandal Label

13:47 | Feb 1st, 2010

Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor investigates the impact on human society of large numbers of people coming together in the world's first cities between 5000 and 2000 BC. As they did so, they developed new trade links, the first handwrit...Show More

Jomon Pot

14:02 | Jan 29th, 2010

The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. Neil tells the story of a 7,000-year-old Japanese clay pot which h...Show More

Maya Maize God Statue

13:54 | Jan 28th, 2010

The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. Neil focuses on the world of the Mayan civilisation and a stone Ma...Show More

Egyptian Clay Model of Cattle

13:54 | Jan 27th, 2010

The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. Neil selects four miniature clay cows to show the major changes th...Show More

Ain Sakri Lovers Figurine

13:56 | Jan 26th, 2010

The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. Neil investigates a palm-sized stone sculpture that was found near...Show More

Bird-shaped Pestle

13:53 | Jan 25th, 2010

Neil MacGregor continues his retelling of human history using 100 selected objects from the British Museum. This week he explores the profound changes that humans experienced at the end of the Ice Age. By this period, humanity is reconsidering its pl...Show More

Clovis Spear Point

13:43 | Jan 22nd, 2010

The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. Neil describes an object that dates from the earliest settlement o...Show More

Swimming Reindeer

13:46 | Jan 21st, 2010

The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. Found in France and dating back 13,000 years, this is a carving of...Show More

Olduvai Handaxe

13:58 | Jan 20th, 2010

The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. Neil follows early humans as they slowly begin to move beyond thei...Show More

Olduvai Stone Chopping Tool

14:02 | Jan 19th, 2010

The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. Neil goes back two million years to the Rift Valley in Tanzania, w...Show More

Mummy of Hornedjitef

13:48 | Jan 18th, 2010

The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells the history of human development from the first stone axe to the credit card, using 100 selected objects from the Museum. At the age of eight, Neil visited the British Museum for the first...Show More