First Farmer DNA, Crystals and Chessmen

17 January 2011
Presented by Diana O'Carroll, Tom Birch.

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

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

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

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

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

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