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March 24, 2015

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1:26 PM | Can We Interpret Smoking Habits in Historic Skeletal Remains?
This semester I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to teach an introductory archaeology course that I designed from scratch. This week of teaching is definitely my favorite […]

Walker, D. & Henderson, M. (2010). Smoking and health in London's East End in the first half of the 19th century, Post-Medieval Archaeology, 44 (1) 209-222. DOI: 10.1179/174581310X12662382629373

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March 18, 2015

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4:15 PM | Honduras pledges forest protection after discovery of ancient site
Earlier this month, National Geographic made big news: the discovery of what it called a 'lost city' below the thick jungles of Honduras. While the coverage has led to scientists crying sensationalism, it also resulted this week in a commitment of protection by the Honduras President, Juan Orlando Hernández, for a long-neglected portion of the country.
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1:00 PM | New Test Diagnoses Malaria In Ancient Bones
Skeletons are often all that remains of, well, human remains after a few centuries entombed in the ground, but there's a lot that can be learned from bones. Including,…

March 17, 2015

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7:57 PM | Archaeo-Chat: Art vs. Science Today, Liv and I discuss the...
Archaeo-Chat: Art vs. Science Today, Liv and I discuss the merits of splitting archaeologists into ‘artists’ and ‘scientists’. Welcome to Archaeo-Chat. In this series we record unscripted conversations about archaeology, what it is like to be an archaeologist and related topics. By: Archaeosoup Productions.

March 14, 2015

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7:57 PM | Visiting Warkworth Castle Today Rhys shares some footage from...
Visiting Warkworth Castle Today Rhys shares some footage from when he and Mr Soup visited Warkworth Castle on a cold, sunny, winters day. By: Archaeosoup Productions.

March 12, 2015

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10:28 PM | What Makes Something Money? Today we know money as coins, bills,...
What Makes Something Money? Today we know money as coins, bills, and credit cards. But it wasn’t always this way. Over the centuries, money took many bizarre forms—from sea shells to cakes of salt to even giant stone discs, which date back some several hundred years on the island of Yap. HuffPost Science’s Jacqueline Howard reports. By: Talk Nerdy To Me.
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6:45 PM | Slime Molds Help Researchers Map Ancient Roadways
How do you reconstruct a civilization's history when it has been literally trampled underfoot? Some of Rome's roads through the Balkans are largely forgotten, others still…

March 10, 2015

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6:41 PM | The Archaeology of Leprosy: Challenging Stigma Ms Kori...
The Archaeology of Leprosy: Challenging Stigma Ms Kori Filipek-Ogden is a PhD student at Durham University’s archaeology department. Kori’s research examines Medieval skeletons to study the clinical and social effects of leprosy. Leprosy is the only medical condition which has an associated pejorative - ‘Leper’. Contemporary sufferers still carry sentences of social stigma and discrimination, leading to exclusion of those afflicted from their communities and social […]
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1:06 PM | The Transition from Living to Dead in Neolithic Italy
I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series of novels. They are a perfect blend of intellectual references, irreverent creativity and humor that is perfect for breaking down the […]

Robb, J., Elster, E., Isetti, E., Knüsel, C., Tafuri, M. & Traverso, A. (2015). Cleaning the dead: Neolithic ritual processing of human bone at Scaloria Cave, Italy, Antiquity, 89 (343) 39-54. DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2014.35

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March 05, 2015

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1:22 AM | Osteoarchaeology: Human stories from the bones Becky Gowland is...
Osteoarchaeology: Human stories from the bones Becky Gowland is a senior lecturer in Bioarchaeology at the University of Durham. She currently teaches human skeletal analysis at both Undergraduate and Masters level. Dr. Gowland also co-organises and teaches a short course in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology. Becky’s research interests include the archaeology of childhood and the relationship between the body and identity. By: Archaeosoup Productions.

February 28, 2015

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10:28 PM | Underwater Archaeology: Diving into Durham Mr. Gary Bankhead is...
Underwater Archaeology: Diving into Durham Mr. Gary Bankhead is a post-graduate student at Durham University. He is a qualified rescue diver and employs these skills in exploring the River Wear in the heart of Durham City. Gary has recovered more than 3,000 artefacts from the murky depths of the river. Of particular interest to him in his research are a selection of Medieval cloth seals. Ultimately, his research will allow for comments to be made on trade networks, fashion choices and […]
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