Naked Archæology

Naked Archaeology episode

Wed, 17th Nov 2010

Roman bodies, site survival and collapse

Large Roman - Aulus Vitellius (c) Luis García (Zaqarbal)

This month: why a Roman horse became a donkey; how part of Pompeii recently collapsed; how a Roman village survived underneath London; and what obesity meant to the Romans. Plus, in Backyard Arhaeology Tom Birch explores how the Northern Irish 'peace lines' are archaeology.

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In this edition of Naked Archaeology

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  • 01:55 - Dead horse in Pompeii was actually a donkey.

    An extinct horse found in Pompeii had DNA very different to modern horses. New research has solved this mystery- the remains are not of a horse but of a donkey.

  • Street in Pompeii (c) Paul Vlaar

    08:10 - 2,000 year old building in Pompeii collapses

    A treasured 2,000 year-old building in Pompeii has collapsed. Schola Armaturarum Pompeii - 'house of the gladiators' - is now just a pile of rubble. Was the care of this ancient site good enough?

  • Isleworth, in London - an unlikely site for Roman remains (c) KTo288

    10:22 - Ancient Roman village found underground in London

    Ancient Roman village found underground in London. Despite being one of the busiest cities on Earth, 2,000 year old Roman remains have survived in London to the present day, at Syon House in Isleworth, only 50cm below the surface. Unfortunately, the site is about to have a hotel...

  • 12:24 - How were fat and thin body images portrayed in Roman and Greek cultures?

    In the West we tend to view slim body shape as attractive and a sign of affluence. But how were plump and thin body images portrayed in Roman and Greek cultures?

  • The Berlin Wall (c) Noir

    18:51 - Walls as a divisive force

    Walls can have a significant impact on human interaction, e.g. in the Catholic-Protestant divide in Northern Island.



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