A history of the world – in 5 minutes

Went to listen to Andrew Caspari presenting a paper on the impact of ‘a history of the world in 100 objects’ last night at University of York, Institute for Public Understanding of the Past – all quite interesting and loving the youtube version (in 5 minutes)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-g1qeX0cTM

From my point of view this has been a great project and really engaged people – and is a great teaching tool for both archaeology and heritage (especially the complexity of the object narrative for some of the objects – the Akan drum story was mind-blowing).

More critically you might be depressed by the synthesis of our human story into list form, but then that is how we deal with our heritage – UNESCO, English Heritage, and even the 1001 buildings book I wrote entries for in 2007.

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