To gatecrash the opening of The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia exhibition at Melbourne Museum, we disguised ourselves as archaeologists and dug our way into the museum, like a reverse jailbreak.We interviewed the passionate archaeologist and curator Sarah Collins from the British Museum who was part the team that created this superb travelling exhibition. We also hitched a ride on a VIP tour with Patrick Greene, CEO of Museum Victoria.
Ancient civilisations are fascinating, and the Mesopotamian, Assyrian and Babylonian civilisations is where it all began when it comes to bureaucracy, law, government, Zodiac sign readings, writing lists, 60 seconds in the minute and what I might call a mild obsession with lions.
Bronze lion weight. One of a set made for King Shalmaneser V (726-722 BC). Inscribed on it is ‘Five mina of the king’ in both Assyrian cuneiform and Aramaic.
Source: The Trustees of The British Museum
Inside the exhibition I saw evidence of people tapping away on clay tablets; outside the exhibition I saw evidence of people tapping away on their digital tablets. So nothing has really changed in thousands of years.
Please enjoy listening to us babble on about the ancient wonders of Mesopotamia.
Interviewees and voices:
- Sarah Collins, British Museum
- Patrick Greene, CEO Museum Victoria
- A visitor at the exhibition opening
- And a cast of ancient lions
Interviews and production by:
- Dr Andi Horvath – Senior curator, Museum Victoria
- Arch Cuthbertson – Podcast Recording Services
Visit the Podcast Adventures page to listen to the archive, or subscribe to Access All Areas in iTunes.
First generation iPod in the MV Collection from 2001. It was donated by a journalist who reviewed the device just before its release in Australia. (HT13346)
Source: Museum Victoria
Two new Museum Victoria podcasts by Dr Andi are now available on the MV website to listen to or download.
The first podcast, part of the series Someone's Gotta Do It, profiles MV's chief tweeter and number one narwhal fan, Jareen Summerhill. Jareen helps Phar Lap manage his Facebook page, too.
The second, Episode 26 in the Access All Areas series, takes the poetry of Ogden Nash to museum experts for the full story on ants, pythons, ducks, coelocanths and more. Exactly how many ribs do reticulated pythons have, anyway?
Archive: Access All Areas podcasts
Archive: Someone's Gotta Do It podcasts
iPod on Collections Online