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Naked Archaeology, from the Naked Scientists

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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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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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Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

Cover image of Naked Archaeology, from the Naked Scientists

Naked Archaeology, from the Naked Scientists

Latest release on Oct 16, 2011

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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Updated by OwlTail 14 days ago

Rank #1: First cities and first writing: Mesopotamia

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How is it that the first farms, cities and writing all originated in Mesopotamia, now Iraq? We explore the so-called 'fertile crescent' and fanatical record-keeping in the ancient Near East. We find out how DNA from the body of Tutankhamun hints at his numerous illnesses and we also look at who paddled across the Mediterranean first. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology Tom Birch smelts his own iron! Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Mar 17 2010

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Rank #2: The Mediterranean and the Romans

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This month we explore the mysterious anchors buried off the shores of Cyprus, the unusual burial practices in Malta and the highly decorative shipsheds of the Romans. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology Tom Birch explains the tell-tale signs of a Roman road, otherwise hidden in a field. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Apr 17 2009

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Rank #3: Roman bodies, site survival and collapse

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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 Archaeology Tom Birch explores how the Northern Irish 'peace lines' are archaeology. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Nov 17 2010

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Rank #4: Oetzi, American migrations and animal bones

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The mitochondrial story of tzi, or the Tyrolean iceman, is unearthed in this month's Naked Archaeology. Also, how the Americas were populated and the study of zooarchaeology are under the trench-o-scope. Plus, Tom Birch takes us on a tour of the only hill in Cambridge in Backyard Archaeology. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Jan 17 2009

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Rank #5: Technology - Iron, Glass and Slag

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Archaeology bared this month includes the 'long sleep' of human innovation, a technological accomplishment in the form of a 2000 year-old millefiori bowl and we explore the origins of iron metallurgy. Plus, ourBackyard Archaeologist finds out all about slag. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

May 16 2009

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Rank #6: Human remains and genetic legacies

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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. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Jul 16 2010

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Rank #7: Roman food: before and after

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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. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Aug 16 2010

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Rank #8: Lost Legends: Altinum, Herod's Tomb and the HMS Diana

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Sometimes archaeologists know there's a site worth digging but don't quite know where to find it! We join the search for the original city of Venice, otherwise known as Altinum, the tomb of King Herod and the lost naval ship: HMS Diana. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology Duncan Howitt-Marshall discovers a hidden message on an Egyptian coffin. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Aug 17 2009

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Rank #9: Troy, Ithaca and Iceland

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This month in divested archaeology we cover the archaeology that just happened to turn up in the legends of Homer. We find out about the man who discovered Troy, Heinrich Schliemann, and uncover the most recent finds from the site. We also speak to the team currently searching for Odysseus' Ithaca and it sounds like they're close! Also, does Britain owe its farming to the French? And in Backyard Archaeology we find out why hedges might be the best place to find a Viking. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Dec 17 2009

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Rank #10: Australian Archaeology and Rabbit Warrens

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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. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

May 16 2010

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Rank #11: First Farmer DNA, Crystals and Chessmen

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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. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Jan 17 2011

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Rank #12: Make-up, Cleopatra and Temples

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Neanderthals wore make-up too! We explore the cosmetics worn by early humans and Egyptians. Naked Archaeology this month also explores the discovery of Cleopatra's unfinished mausoleum and the curious orientation of Sicilian temples. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology we discover how medieval kings were also into their pre-history. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Jan 17 2010

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Rank #13: Hadrian's Timber Wall, Shell Beads and Brucellosis

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We find out how the Romans got to grips with building a 73.5 mile-long wall, why humans were bejewelled 82,000 years ago and how a disease called brucellosis indicates our ancestors were eating meat 2.6 million years ago. Plus, in Backyard Archaeology we find out how to spot an archaeological fake! Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Sep 16 2009

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Rank #14: Warrior Art, Fire and Throwing Spears

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This month: Aegean warriors in art; the most genetically diverse people in the world; prehistoric Californian seafarers; Neanderthals building fires; and atlatls! Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Mar 17 2011

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Rank #15: Egyptian Looting, Behavioural Variability and Pollen

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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. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

Feb 17 2011

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