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A History of the World in 100 Objects

Pilgrims, Raiders and Traders (900 - 1300 AD)

Kilwa pot sherds

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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In a week that explores the tangle of trade routes that crisscrossed the globe 1000 years ago, Neil MacGregor sifts through broken pot fragments from an African beach. Show more

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Pilgrims, Raiders and Traders (900 - 1300 AD)

Vale of York Hoard

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

The history of the world as told through objects. This week Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, is with a great Viking silver hoard discovered in North Yorkshire

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Pilgrims, Raiders and Traders (900 - 1300 AD)

Borobudur Buddha head

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

A new history of humanity as told through one hundred objects. Today, Neil MacGregor is with a head of the Buddha from Borobudur, one of the greatest monuments on earth. Show more

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Pilgrims, Raiders and Traders (900 - 1300 AD)

Hedwig glass beaker

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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Neil MacGregor's world history as told through objects. Today's object is a glass beaker that some believed helped a Christian saint turn water into wine. Show more

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Pilgrims, Raiders and Traders (900 - 1300 AD)

Japanese bronze mirror

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

The history of the world as told through objects arrives in 12th Century Japan. Neil MacGregor tells the story of a bronze mirror found at the bottom of a sacred pond. Show more