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Maya burial and abandonment

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.

Roman bodies, site survival and collapse

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.

First Farmer DNA, Crystals and Chessmen

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.

Egyptian Looting, Behavioural Variability and Pollen

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.

Dam Busting, Ancient Archaeologists

Dam Busting, Ancient Archaeologists and Iron Age Fort Raids. 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!

Detailed Science of Dating, Data and Ceramics

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.

Bayesian Prehistory, Surface Metals and Sea Defenses

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.

Annual Round-Up of Arch

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

Landscapes: Drainage, Plants and Palaces

We're back! And this month we start by taking a tour of the terribly glamourous ditches in East Anglia. Yes, the whole landcape 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...

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