History of the World in 100 objects

WHS represented by (= /made at/found in/closely associated with etc) objects on the BBC 2010 series "A History of the World in 100 Objects". The series number is shown together with a link to the BBC descriptive Web page. From those pages there are further links to detail on the British Museum Web site and also to downloadable podcasts for each program, but these may not be available to non UK IP addresses. There is however also a link to a full transcript of the text of each program.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Acropolis Prog 27 "Parthenon sculpture: Centaur and Lapith" (link)
Ahwar of Southern Iraq Standard of Ur
Ancient Thebes Prog 1 "Mummy of Hornedjitef (link) Prog 17 "Rhind Mathematical Papyrus" (link) Prog 20 "Statue of Ramesses II" (link)
Borobudur Prog 59 "Borobudur Buddha Head" (link)
Borobudur No 59. Buddha Head 750 - 850 AD
Copán Prog 9 "Maya Maize God statue" (link)
Damascus No 46 Gold coin of Abd al-Malik. Minted in Damascus AD 696-7
Gyeongju Prog 49 "Korean roof tile" (link)
Imperial Palace No 90. Jade Bi . Originally 1200 BC but inscribed in 1790 AD with a poem of the Qianlong Emperor
Istanbul No 71. Tughra of Suleiman the Magnificent 1520-66 AD
Maritime Greenwich No 91. Ships Chronometer from HMS Beagle. Early 19C AD. Chronometers for the Royal Navy were set and issued in Greenwich
Meroe No 35 Head of Augustus 27-25 BC
Moenjodaro Prog 13 "Indus Seal" (found at Harappa) (link)
Ngorongoro Prog 2 "Olduvai Stone Chopping Tool" (link) Prog 3 "Olduvai Handaxe" (link)
Old City of Acre Prog 57 "Hedwig Glass Beaker" - believed to have been acquired in Acre during the Crusades (link)
Potosi No 80. Pieces of Eight 1589-98 AD
Rapa Nui No 70. Hoa Hakananai'a Statue 1000 AD
Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara Prog 60 "Kilwa Pot Sherds" (link)
Samarra Prog 52 "Harem wall painting fragments" (link)
Summer Palace Prog 39 "Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies". (link) The British Museum web site talks of the painting's "arrival at the British Museum in 1903" and that it had been "in the imperial collection during the reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736-96)." China believes that the painting was looted from the Summer Palace in 1900 (link)


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