Includes a number of ancient Egyptian items.
In what marks a unique public service partnership, the BBC is joining forces with the British Museum to tell humankind's story through the things we have made, from the Mummy of Hornedjitef to the modern credit card.
A History of the World in 100 Objects will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 weekdays from Monday 18 January (9:45am/7:45pm/12:15am). Written and presented by Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, each of the 100 editions (which are split into three tranches over the course of the year) focuses on a particular object.
Here we reveal the list of 99 objects - the 100th is still to be selected. "We'll leave choosing it until the last moment, so that it's as relevant as possible," says MacGregor.
Browse the list below and let us know what you think the 100th object should be…