Digging up the Year in Archaeology
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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‘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...
We explore how carbon dates can be statistically analysed in order to look at prehistoric England and causewayed enclosures...
Human waste from 79AD in Pompeii is being analysed by Andrew Fairbairn and colleagues to see what it can tell us about how the inhabitants of Pompeii lived...
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?
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.
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.
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.