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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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April 05th 2017:Haircombs and Vikings: The Archaeology of Everyday Life

What do we really know about the Vikings? In this episode, Dr. Steve Ashby, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, discusses his fascinating research into the archaeology of everyday life in Viking-Age England, Scotland and Scandinavia. Dr. Ashby’s research on everyday hair combs found in many urban Viking-age sites illuminates details about social identity, craft, and trade heretofore poorly understood. Join in as Dr. Ashby explains his novel approach to artefact studies, using scientific and biomolecular techniques to help answer larger cultural and econo

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Dr. Steve Ashby

Dr Steve Ashby is a senior lecturer in the Dept of Archaeology, University of York. He specialises in the archaeology of everyday life, craft, and trade in Viking-Age Britain and Scandinavia. At the University of York, his research focuses on applying novel biomolecular analyses to social and economic questions about the Viking age. Dr. Ashby’s most recent projects include the application of genetic and biological analyses to bone objects, the chemical analysis of pottery in order to investigate Viking-age food culture, and the systematic synthesis of metal-detected data from around the coasts of the North Sea. His books include “A Viking Way of Life” and “Everyday Products in the Middle A
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