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Naked Archaeology

Summary: Where did the Nazca Lines come from? Who built Stonehenge, and what secrets lie concealed within Egypt's pyramids? To find out, join the Naked Archaeologists as they undress the past...

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  • Artist: Diana O'Carroll, The Naked Scientists
  • Copyright: Dr Chris Smith 2008-2013


 11.10.17-Landscapes: Drainage, Plants and Palaces | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:15

We're back! And this month we start by taking a tour of the terribly glamorous ditches in East Anglia. Yes, the whole landscape is one giant piece of drainage archaeology! Plus, we talk about a Roman gladiatorial school, an Iron Age road, Australopithecus sediba and Acheulian tools. And in Backyard Archaeology Tom Birch hops over to Andalucia, where he and his mic just happen to find a rather large palace...

 11.07.15-Annual Round-Up of Archaeology | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:44

This month we return to some of the moist enjoyable archaeological interviews recorded this year. There's everything from alien donkeys, to Pompeiian poo, speared boxes and not-so-recent neanderthals!

 11.06.17-Bayesian Prehistory, Surface Metals and Sea Defenses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:19

This month: how a neat piece of statistical analysis has led to the construction of a prehistoric history; how satellites have revealed some hidden Egyptian pyramids; how autism could have been selected for amongst early humans; and how metals collected from the surface of the Greek island of Kythira can yield information about the people who forged them. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology, Tom takes us to the sea to explore several rather artistic lumps of concrete.

 11.05.17-Detailed Science of Dating, Data and Ceramics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:08

This month: the most recent Neanderthals in the Caucasus, the science of ceramic petrology, the truth about 'The Anthropocene' and Syrian hunting traps. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology we explore the uses of the National Monument and Historical Environment Records.

 11.04.17-Dam Busting, Ancient Archaeologists and Iron Age Fort Raids | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:50

Researchers re-create the experiments carried out by Barnes Wallis on the bouncing bomb; we discuss the Texan pre-Clovis finds; the Nichoria bone earns its place at multiple points in history and we explore the massacre at Fin Cop hill fort. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology: how to go about doing a bit of zooarchaeology!

 11.03.17-Warrior Art, Fire and Throwing Spears | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:33

This month: Aegean warriors in art; the most genetically diverse people in the world; prehistoric Californian seafarers; Neanderthals building fires; and atlatls!

 11.02.17-Egyptian Looting, Behavioural Variability and Pollen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:38

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.

 11.01.17-First Farmer DNA, Crystals and Chessmen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:50

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.

 10.11.17-Roman bodies, site survival and collapse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:04

This month: why a Roman horse became a donkey; how part of Pompeii recently collapsed; how a Roman village survived underneath London; and what obesity meant to the Romans. Plus, in Backyard Arhaeology Tom Birch explores how the Northern Irish 'peace lines' are archaeology.

 10.10.17-Hard-to-Reach Heritage: Israel and Peru | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:52

We make our way to some of the least accessible bits of heritage this month: Naked Scientist Laura Soul treks to Machu Picchu and we hear about the fenced-off Palestinian heritage in Israel. Also this month: tracking down The Plague's bacterial DNA, sanding down a Norwegian Pompeii and a DIY archaeological survey!

 10.09.17-Maya burial and abandonment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:26

This month we explore the dramatic burial of an El Zotz Maya king; he was seemingly interred with the remains of six sacrificed children. Also under the spotlight is the abandoment of the site if Kiuic, a mysterious Maya city which was deserted in the midst of construction. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology Tom Birch investigates a huge Roman mining settlement in Austria.

 10.08.17-Roman food: before and after | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:22

What did the Romans eat at their feasts? What came out the other end afterwards? This month we explore the toilets of Pompeii and the kinds of food eaten by its inhabitants. In the news this month: the oldest house in the UK; the HMS Investigator; and some very early human tool use. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology we find out how to put up buildings the Icelandic way.

 10.07.17-Human remains and genetic legacies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:01

Human remains are our main topic of interest in this month's Naked Archaeology. Diana and Duncan explore the nature of Bronze Age cremations, the repatriation of Yagan's head and how one might go about reconstructing the remains of King Tutankhamun. Plus, how the first settlers in the Americas may have been more numerous than previously thought, as another nine founding mothers have now been identified.

 10.06.17-Southeast Asia: Hobbits and Niah Caves | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:48

The diminutive, one-time inhabitants of Flores are probably the most famous early humans from this area of the world but where does H. floresiensis fit into our family tree? We discuss the gladiatorial burials recently unearthed in York, some Neanderthal-esque tools from Dartford and the Niah Caves: a spectacular system in Malaysia which has yielded some clues as to how humans make use of difficult environments. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology we bring out the lasers to analyse some Scottish beads.

 10.05.17-Australian Archaeology and Rabbit Warrens | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:48

This month on Naked Archaeology: when and how did the first humans make it to Australia? We unearth the evidence from archaeology and genetics. Also this month we discover that Neanderthals could be relations of ours, after all. Plus, in Back Yard Archaeology Diana ventures into her own back yard to find out what was so special about rabbit warrens.


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