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  • PhD student Archaeological Sciences  Bradford

    PhD student Archaeological Sciences Bradford

    Mike Copper tells us about his research in ceramic variation in Neolithic Atlantic Scotland.

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  • Archaeology from Above

    Archaeology from Above

    This video was produced in conjunction with Tableau, the magazine of the University of Chicago Division of the Humanities. Read the story at http://tableau.uchicago.edu/articles/… Aerial footage from the 2013 Neubauer Expedition to Zincarli, Turkey. This important Iron Age site in southern Turkey is near the northeastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea. Researchers from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations photographed and mapped the dig site using a digital camera strapped to a remote-controlled helicopter. The […]

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  • Prehistoric copper smelting in a pit!

    Prehistoric copper smelting in a pit!

    How to turn copper ore into copper using Bronze Age techniques. For more information on our reconstruction of the earliest known copper smelting site in the UK (Pentrwyn, Great Orme) please read http://www.ancient-arts.org/pentrwyn%20exp%20report.pdf Search terms:عصور ما قبل التاريخ صهر النحاس

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  • Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story – the making of the models

    Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story – the making of the models

    Watch the Dutch artists, the Kennis brothers, as they produce lifelike models of a Neanderthal and an early Homo sapiens for Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story. Telling the dramatic story of ancient Britain, its changing landscapes and the people that lived here, the exhibition is open at the Museum between 13 February-28 September 2014. Book your tickets now to see the models face-to-face: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/britainmillionyears

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  • The Pole Axe – Medieval Weapons

    The Pole Axe – Medieval Weapons

    A look at the deadly poleaxe, which was used to bloody effect in the War of the Roses. Filmed, produced and edited by Definition Media Limited, of Stratford-upon-Avon. www.definitionmedia.co.uk Search terms:ポールアックスbronze age reenacment

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  • Fencing with five different medieval weapons

    Fencing with five different medieval weapons

    The Fencing pieces shown in the video are either interpretations of historical texts or freely combinated sequences. Sword and Buckler: Liegnitzer Messer: Jakob Sutor Poleaxe: Paulus Hector Mair Dagger, Longsword: no direct interpretation of a single piece of text. Fencers in this video are: Tom Brennauer, Gladiatores München Andreas Jacob, Gladiatores Jena Gabi Walther, Gladiatores Jena Frank Aupperle, Gladiatores Leistungszentrum Karlsruhe Sven Baumgarten, Gladiatores Leistungszentrum Karlsruhe Manufacturer of Weapons: Long swords and Poleaxes: Pavel Moc Bucklers and Daggers: Kasto Messers: […]

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  • The Minds of Stone Age Toolmakers

    The Minds of Stone Age Toolmakers

    How did Stone Age toolmakers make the leap from stone flakes to a sophisticated hand axe? Emory archeologist Dietrich Stout recreates prehistoric stone tool making techniques to study the evolution of the human brain and mind.

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  • Burning Rock. Experiments with fire setting

    Burning Rock. Experiments with fire setting

    In the Melsvik Stone Age chert quarries near Alta in Northern Norway there are dozens of extraction marks that are difficult to explain by other ancient techniques than fire setting. Hence within the Melsvik archaeological project, run by the University Museum of Tromsø, last week we experimented with fire in order to substantiate that it actually formed an important method of breaking loose small and big pieces of stone. The idea was that it is not necessary with big fires […]

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  • Cyber Archaeology

    Cyber Archaeology

    Maurizio Forte combines traditional archaeological techniques with new technologies to investigate — and visualize — ancient civilizations. Forte arrived at Duke in January as the William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies. Learn more at https://today.duke.edu/2013/03/mauriz….

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  • Sand casting of a Bronze Age sword

    Sand casting of a Bronze Age sword

    Experimental casting performed in St.Fagans Open Air Museum on 12th January 2013 during the 7th Uk Experimental Archaeology Conference. http://experimentalarchaeology.org.uk/ http://exarc.net/ http://openarch.eu/ http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/stfagans/ http://www.parcomontale.it/ Search terms:kard öntéssand casting bronze swords

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  • Mapping the Layers of Life

    Mapping the Layers of Life

    Bulgaria has several little known archaeological sites that potentially hold the answers to key questions about the foundation of western civilisation. Dr Shawn Ross of UNSW’s Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences led a field trip for the Tundzha Regional Archaelogical Project. With a group of students accompanying him, Mapping the Layers of Life is great example of the research/teaching nexus in action. More info on this project, including the revolutionary digital processes used to share and analyse data: http://humanities.arts.unsw.edu.au/news-and-events/archaeology-goes-digital-1…

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  • Vestal Hairdressing: recreating the “Seni Crines”

    Vestal Hairdressing: recreating the “Seni Crines”

    Analysis and recreation (upon a live model) of the “seni crines” hairstyle of ancient Rome’s Vestal Virgin priestesses. Research based on ancient artefacts and primary sources. An amplification of the poster presented at the Archaeological Institute of America annual meeting, January 3-6, 2013. Janet Stephens Search terms:seni crines

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  • Palaeolithic animated pictures

    Palaeolithic animated pictures

    “Sequential Animation: the first Palaeolithic animated pictures” – by Marc Azéma. Search terms:animated pictures旧石器時代 画像صور متحركة العصر الحجريpaleolitik animasyonSequential animation: Paleolithic animated pictures

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  • Deoringas at West Stow

    Deoringas at West Stow

    A short film about the Early Saxon Re-enactment Group Deoringas at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village over the weekend 10 – 13 August 2012

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  • Ancient Acoustics

    Ancient Acoustics

    Classics Professor John Franklin makes music in a decidedly contemporary way: using a computer and the latest software tools. But the music he creates is anything but modern, originating more than 2,000 years ago in ancient Greece. Franklin calls himself a music archaeologist. His computer-based innovations, it turns out, are the best way to recreate a music that sounds hauntingly strange to modern ears.

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