Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Sat, 16th Jul 2011

Digging up the Year in Archaeology

Pompeian painting of Roman food (c) The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.

This week we take a look back at a year's-worth of Naked Archaeology including a dig through some Pomepiian poo for clues about the Pompeiian lifestyle, the art of spear throwing with an atlatl and exposing the most recent neanderthals of the Caucasus. Plus, we identify alien donkeys and learn how to make history from prehistory!

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  • 02:28 - How do you throw spears?

    ‘Spear throwers’ are long sticks with hooked ends that are used to hurl spears accurately over long distances. They are used by Native Americans, inuits and indigenous Australians. But how do they work? Tom Birch finds out...

  • 10:38 - Bayesian Prehistory

    We explore how carbon dates can be statistically analysed in order to look at prehistoric England and causewayed enclosures...

  • 35:06 - Dating the Neanderthals of Mezmaiskaya Cave

    A re-evaluation of Neanderthal remains from the Caucasus Mts in Russia has shown they are most likely to have lived there 40kya rather than 30kya, meaning that they were unlikely to have lived alongside modern humans.

  • 43:35 - 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.



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