First Farmer DNA, Crystals and Chessmen

17 January 2011

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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.

In this episode

Egyptian Farmer

How did agriculture spread across Europe?
with Professor Alan Cooper, University of Adelaide

Recently discovered hominid species shared the landscape with modern humans and neanderthals. Neanderthal skull featured.

DNA analysed from a 50,000 year-old hominid species.
with Johannes Krause, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.

Persian Gulf viewed from space

Did humans leave Africa via the Persian Gulf?
with Jeffrey Rose, University of Birmingham

Aberdeen Art Gallery, picture taken from Schoolhill

Archaeology at Aberdeen Art Gallary
with Judith Stones, lead curator of local history and archaeology at Aberdeen Art Gallary

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