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Naked Archaeology episode

Mon, 17th Jan 2011

First Farmer DNA, Crystals and Chessmen

lewis chessman (c) Judith Stones

This month's divested archaeology consists of the mitochondrial DNA of Europe's first farmers; how to identify plaster using infrared light; who the Denisovans were; what to expect from twelfth century chessmen and why the Arabo-Persian gulf is so important.

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In this edition of Naked Archaeology

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  • Plowing farmer depicted in burial chamber of Sennedjem, 1200BC (c) The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.

    01:52 - How did agriculture spread across Europe?

    How did agriculture spread across Europe - was it a spread of ideas or a spread of people? A newly discovered gene is associated with use of agriculture, suggesting it was a spread of people.

  • Ancient hominids- Homo sapiens neanderthalensis (c) Luna04

    11:22 - DNA analysed from a 50,000 year-old hominid species.

    DNA from a 50,000 year-old hominid species found in the Denisova Cave in Russia has been sequenced. This new species of hominid lived around the same time as homo sapiens and neanderthals.

  • The 'Persian Gulf Oasis', from space (c) NASA

    15:26 - Did humans leave Africa via the Persian Gulf?

    Persian Gulf Oasis may contain earliest evidence of human migration out of Africa.

  • 18:14 - New technique to tell whether rocks are man-made or naturally occuring.

    New technique uses infa-red to tell whether rock fragments are man-made or naturally occuring. This useful new technique has been tested successfully by Israli archaeologists.

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery (c) Stuart Caie, uploaded by by Colchicum

    26:44 - Archaeology at Aberdeen Art Gallary

    Judith Stones, lead curator of local history and archaeology at Aberdeen Art Gallary, talks about some of the archaeological finds that have been passed down through the museum.



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