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New light on the spread of Bell-Beaker pottery

Bell-beaker PotsHannah Devlin looks at a genome study that may explain the spread of bell-shaped pottery beakers across Europe 4,500 years ago in the latest episode of the Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast. Around 4,500 years ago, a craze for bell-shaped pottery beakers appears to have swept across what is now modern-day Europe. Archaeologists have unearthed the distinctive pots at sites from the Iberian peninsula to Ireland in the west and Poland in the east. They appear in Britain at around the same time as Stonehenge was built.

Bell-Beaker pottery spread from Poland to Ireland

The pots have been dug up in Ireland, Poland, and Britain (where the bell-beakers arrived around the same time as Stonehenge was going up.) The “fad” has caused much disagreement among archaeologists: Did this style spread from one settlement to another, “like prehistoric fidget spinners”? Or did the bell-beaker people arrive all at once via mass migration or invasion? A new study of ancient genomes is beginning to answer that question.

Bronze Age fashion or mass migration?

The artefacts are linked to what is known as the Bell-Beaker culture. Archaeologists have been in disagreement about whether the spread of the beakers signified a Bronze Age fashion that was passed from one settlement to another, like prehistoric fidget spinners, or whether there was a mass migration – or even invasion – of beaker folk?

This question has been impossible to answer by studying artefacts alone, but now a major ancient-genome study has begun to shed some light on the mystery.

To discuss ancient Europe, genetics and the beaker folk, Hannah Devlin is joined by Ben Roberts, an archaeologist at the University of Durham.

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Robin of Sherwood Knights of the Apocalypse new Trailer!


Latest Episode!

Cult ITV drama Robin of Sherwood is back – and we have the exclusive first listen of the brand new audio drama reports the Radio Times.

30 years after the drama was last seen on TV, every surviving member of the cast has returned to record the crowd-funded new episode as an audio production.

Jason Connery, Ray Winstone, Clive Mantle and Judi Trott all return as Sherwood Forest’s outlaws, while Nickolas Grace reprises his role of the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Hear the trailer for the new drama below.

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New Celtic Myth Episode – A Mother’s Worry, A Mother’s Pride


Latest Episode!

At long last, we’re proud to announce the release of the 13th and final episode in the story of Pwyll and Rhiannon that is the First Branch of the Mabinogi. In our last episode, Pwyll’s long-time friend, Teyrnon has beaten off the Monster from the Deeps and has discovered a beautiful baby boy wrapped in silks left in its wake. He and his wife decide to rear the child, but what of the misery of Rhiannon? In this episode, Teyrnon makes a decision and we finally discover what really happened to Pwyll and Rhiannon’s child.

 

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The Loudness Wars start with this Episode

{Techy stuff – please feel free to ignore!}

We may be slow to catch on to the rest of the Audio world, but have just discovered the Loudness Wars. Have you noticed that when you are watching a movie or a show that when the commercials come on, the volume seems to go up to a painful level? There seems to be a noticeable difference in levels across all sorts of broadcast media. This has occurred as a result of advertisers and producers compressing their audio to make it as loud and noticeable as possible. A side effect on music has been that overly compressed music has become louder and punchier but has lost much of its dynamic range.

ITU BS.1770-3 Standard

ITU BS.1770-3

A Little while back legislation was introduced to level our the playing field and bring a standard to ‘loudness’ known as ITU BS.1770-3. Stateside this was implemented using the ATSC/85 (and variants) standard and the rest of the world used the European Broadcasting standard known as EBU R-128.

With this Show, we have started to ensure that our shows are EBU R-128 Compliant (which also includes the ITU standard) so you should find that your listening experience is much more pleasant that it may have been before. We will, as time allows, go back and retro-edit our back catalogued so that all of our shows are Compliant to this standard.

For more notes about Loudness compliance, check out R128Audio’s site.

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iphoneYou can also now download a Celtic Myth Podshow App from the iTunes store. This is the most convenient and reliable way to access the Celtic Myth Podshow on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You’re always connected to the latest episode, and our App users have access to exclusive bonus content, just touch and play! To find out more visit the iTunes Store or our Description Page.

CMP App on AmazonYou can now also find an Android version of the App which works identically to the iPhone version. You can find it on Amazon or by clicking the image to the right.
Windows Phone AppYou can now also find the Windows Phone App in the Windows Phone Store.
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