All modern humans come from people who migrated from Africa. What technology did they carry with them? Sibudu near Durban has archaeological finds from 80000-30000 years ago: the oldest bedding in the world, oldest bone arrow-head, oldest compound
glue. This film shows how human cognition serves human needs through ingenious tool-making. It starts from modern manufacture and works backwards in time through the most important technical leaps to Sibudu. To claim world heritage for this local African site,
co-producers from different manufacturing countries are needed. Suggestions in brackets are from known industry or cultural interest.
Treatment (handsome presenter to tie episodes together)
Episode 1 Sibudu Rock Shelter – where
? What has been found there and from when?
Episode 2 (Turkey ? Italy ?) AWL and THONG– man buckling trouser belt today back to bone awl and stone scrapers.
Episode 3 (Germany ? China?)BLADES Kitchen knife
today. Paring, peeling, slicing , back to stone chips hafted for different functions.
Episode 4 GLUE COMPOUNDS (Taiwan?). Shopping for fit-for-purpose glue and so back to ochre-acacia compounds.
Episode 5 ARROWS Guns back to
Arrows (US? UK ? RSA?),and the San break-off poisoned arrows
Episode 6 SNARES and TRAPS (Canada? Congo ?) Trapping and bird-snaring.
Episode 7 BEDDING (Egypt ? UK ?) From bed-shopping and back via woven mats to sedge bedding at Sibudu.
Episode 8 INSECTICIDES,MEDICINES POISONS (Brazil ? Switzerland?) Shopping for bug-sprays back via herbal Pharma to Sibudu insecticidal leaves.
Episode 9 COSMETICS (France ? India ? New Zealand?) Body painting modern and tribal.
Back via C18 face powder; kohl eye-liner; red ochre body paint at Sibudu
Episode 10 BUTTONS and NECKLACES ( China ? New Zealand ? Czech ?) Drilled shells as currency or adornment ?
Episode 11 Round-up
on technical leaps. Zoom out pics of Sibudu
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