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A History of the World in 100 Objects




Bird-shaped pestle, Papua New Guinea
Bird-shaped pestle, Papua New Guinea
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Bird-shaped pestle, Papua New Guinea
Swimming reindeer, Montastruc, France, 13,000 years old
Trustees of the British Museum
Bird-shaped pestle, Papua New Guinea
Bird-shaped pestle, Papua New Guinea, 4,000 - 8,000 years old.
Trustees of the British Museum
Bird-shaped pestle, Papua New Guinea
Ain Sakhri lovers figurine, Khareitoun, Judea, about 9000 BC
Trustees of the British Museum
Bird-shaped pestle, Papua New Guinea
Object number 45 is an Arabian bronze hand from current day Yemen. The object is believed to be dated from 100 - 300 AD.
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Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor takes us on a journey through two million years of human history. He's managed to pick just 100 objects to help explain the history of the world. They're presented in a new book based on his popular BBC series, A History of the World in 100 objects. Madeleine talked to MacGregor about the objects he chose.