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Ever since it was founded in 1683, the Ashmolean Museum has been a place where academics and researchers come to study and be inspired by the collections.Take a closer look at the Ashmolean's hidden treasures from the viewpoint of the experts. Academics from across the University of Oxford have chosen an object that relates to their research, revealing a whole world of ideas behind a single artefact. We hope that these specially curated podcasts, created by some of the University of Oxford's greatest minds, will encourage you to seek out your own hidden treasure in our vast collection.Visit the Ashmolean collection and look out for the purple podcast leaflet and signage in the gallery to find the associated objects. We are enormously grateful to Professor Raymond Dwek, CBE, FRS for his generous support of this new podcast project.

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Ever since it was founded in 1683, the Ashmolean Museum has been a place where academics and researchers come to study and be inspired by the collections.Take a closer look at the Ashmolean's hidden treasures from the viewpoint of the experts. Academics from across the University of Oxford have chosen an object that relates to their research, revealing a whole world of ideas behind a single artefact. We hope that these specially curated podcasts, created by some of the University of Oxford's greatest minds, will encourage you to seek out your own hidden treasure in our vast collection.Visit the Ashmolean collection and look out for the purple podcast leaflet and signage in the gallery to find the associated objects. We are enormously grateful to Professor Raymond Dwek, CBE, FRS for his generous support of this new podcast project.

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Thinking with Things: The Oxford Collection

Latest release on Jan 23, 2017

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Rank #1: Mummified Child

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On growing up and dying in ancient and modern populations. What can we learn about the lives of ancient populations and how does this compare to modern societies? The boy lived during the Roman period of ancient Egypt (AD80–120), a time we know a lot about due to the Romans taking censuses and records of illness. With Professor Sarah Harper, Gerontology, University of Oxford.
Object number: AN1888.820

Jan 23 2017

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Rank #2: Ennui by Walter Richard Sickert

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On Viginia Woolf's interpretation of Walter Sickert's painting of Ennui. Virginia Woolf, the famous author, wrote an essay 'Walter Sickert: a conversation' on the painting of Ennui by Walter Richard Sickert in 1933. Woolf describes how she imagines the characters in the painting as an old publican, 'with his glass on the table before him and a cigar at his lips.' With Professor Dame Hermione Lee, English Literature, University of Oxford.
Object number: WA1940.1.92

Jan 23 2017

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Rank #3: Carved Stone Ball

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We still do not know why these stone balls were created. They date to the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, between 3200 and 1500 BC. They are made of various types of rock, such as sandstone or granite. Could they have been made by ancient mathematicians? With Professor Marcus Du Sautoy, Mathematics, University of Oxford. Object number: AN1927.2727

Jan 23 2017

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Rank #4: Lion Statue

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On whether there were ever lions in Egypt. Today, there are no lions roaming wild in north Africa, but evidence from ancient Egypt suggests that lions once did. Could this Egyptian pottery lion, dated to 2,325 – 2,175 BC provide clues to what the north African lion might have looked like? Professor David Whyte Macdonald, Wildlife Conservation, University of Oxford. Object number: AN1896–1908E.189

Jan 23 2017

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Rank #5: Henry VIII Renaissance Medal

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On Henry VIII and the Founding of the Church of England Minted at London in 1545, this medal shows a bust of Henry VIII, with inscriptions in Hebrew and Greek on the reverse. As a consequence of Henry’s break with Rome in 1533, he claimed to be 'Supreme head of Church of England.' With Rev. Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, History of the Church, University of Oxford. Object number: HCR6591

Jan 23 2017

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