Monday, January 30, 2012

World Histories

This weekend I was thrilled to discover that all of the History of the World in 100 Objects podcasts are available for free download. I've been interested in the book and didn't realize until recently that it was based upon a series of BBC segments. In a nutshell: A History of the World in 100 Objects "consists of one hundred 15-minute programmes, each focusing on an object from the British Museum’s collection, written and narrated by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum ... The programmes tell a history of two million years of humanity through the objects we have made, starting with the earliest object in the museum’s collection," [via].

I have downloaded all 100 segments and hope to utilize my subway time to listen to them. So far I've heard about the Mummy of Hornedjitef (pictured below) and Olduvia stone chopping tool. Happy listening!

Also, if you are interested in world histories, pick up this cute book.  I love how it starts, "All stories begin with 'Once upon a time.' And that's just what this story is all about: what happened, once upon a time.'"

via the BBC

PS. I also think it's interesting to compare the US (left) and UK (right) book covers ... I guess we Americans need photos on the cover.

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