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Treasures podcast ep 6: The pestle that changed the world

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 16 Apr 2018

The influence of this simple stone object stretched all the way to the Pacific, where this story takes a sudden, violent twist.

Bird-shaped pestle, Western Province, Papua New Guinea

Bird-shaped pestle, Western Province, Papua New Guinea
Photographer: Ric Bolzan © Australian Museum

One of the most significant objects in the Australian Museum’s collection is a humble, hand-crafted bird-shaped pestle. Its invention marked a crucial moment in human history, upon which entire civilisations grew.

Behind every object is a story – join Charles Wooley and Kim McKay as they reveal some of the Treasures of the Australian Museum.

 

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