TED: 2600 years of history in one object

A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism. In this enthralling talk Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, traces 2600 years of Middle Eastern history through this single object.

The writer and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 series "A History of the World in 100 Objects" and the accompanying book.

Source: http://www.ted.com/talks/neil_macgregor_2600_years_of_history_in_one_object.html