Human remains and genetic legacies
Human remains are our main topic of interest in this month's Naked Archaeology. Diana and Duncan explore the nature of Bronze Age cremations, the repatriation of Yagan's head and how one might go about reconstructing the remains of King Tutankhamun. Plus, how the first settlers in the Americas may have been more numerous than previously thought, as another nine founding mothers have now been identified.
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During a period of the Bronze Age around 2000-700BC there was a strong cultural tendancy to cremate the dead. Why was cremation used as a burrial ritual during this time, and what does it tell us about Bronze age culture and beliefs?
The head of an aboriginal warrior has been re-burried after it was taken from its homeland 177 years ago.
The leg bone of a tortoise has been found at Stafford castle in Staffordshire, dating to the late 19th Century.
Using mitochondrial DNA, Ugo Perego has shown that the peopling of the Americas thousands of years ago was far more complex a process than previously thought. Until now, only six founding female lineages had been calculated as being ancestral to modern Native Americans, suggesti...
Using state-of-the-art laser scanning technology, a team led by Gary Staab has made an exact replica of Tutankhamun's tomb. The replica is on display with the Discovery Time Square Exposition. To find out more about how the replica was made, you can type 'The making of the repli...