Roman bodies, site survival and collapse
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 Archaeology Tom Birch explores how the Northern Irish 'peace lines' are archaeology.
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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.
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?
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...
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?
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.