Egyptian Looting, Behavioural Variability and Pollen
This month: current events in Egypt affecting ancient artefacts; Britons fashioning cups from skulls; games played in the Indus; and when humans behaved like humans. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology Tom Birch goes to Paul's place... to look at pollen.
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02:06 - Riots in Egypt damage archaeological finds
During the 2011 riots in Egypt, many archaeological treasures were damaged. President Mubarak appointed Zahi Hawass (former Secretary General for the Supreme Council of Antiquities) with a government post as 'Minister of Antiquities'. Despite his best efforts, archaeologists pro...
09:22 - Did Britons drink from skulls?
Did Britons drink from skulls? Skulls found in Gough's Cave, Somerset, dating to 14,700 years ago, appear to have been used as bowls and cups.
11:07 - Play and games in Bronze Age Pakistan
Elke Rogersdotter from the University of Gothenburg investigates play and games in the Indus Valley in present-day Pakistan during the Bronze Age.
12:45 - When did we start acting like modern humans?
When did humans become modern in their behaviour? It's been called the 'human revolution', or the 'great leap forward'. Traditionally viewed as a linear progression towards modernity, Professor John Shea argues for behavioural variability during human prehistory.
19:23 - What can pollen tell us about ancient plants and human impact on the environment?
What can pollen tell us about ancient plants and human impact on the environment?