Pitching clip for Documentary series on Sibudu
The Documentary Series synopsis
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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