Staff and students at the RLAHA had the chance to chat to David during afternoon tea in the lab.
The meeting was a closed one, with only invited collaborators on the grant coming.
It was very successful but a lot of work with Tom Higham, Rachel Wood and Katerina Douka presenting a large number of talks on the results of the programme.
The team reanalyzed two milk teeth, which were discovered in the Grotta del Cavallo site in 1964 and previously classified as Neanderthal.
They showed, using micro CT scanning and extensive comparative work, that the specimens are anatomically modern human.
The research has now been published in the journal (18 June, 2010).
The research sheds light on one of the most important periods of Egyptian history documenting the various rulers of Egypt’s Old, Middle and New Kingdoms.Our work says there is a big question mark over whether this link exists.’ (Oxford University: "New Study questions whether Neanderthals made jewellery after all") Science Science now Los Angeles Times The Observer Planet Earth The original article is published on PNAS, here: Higham et al.2010 PNAS article Commentary on the paper in PNAS by PA Mellars Research by an international team led by staff at the ORAU has mapped out an accurate chronology of the kings of ancient Egypt using radiocarbon analysis of short-lived plant remains from the region.Doubts were raised later because trace animal collagen glue was found on the specimen.A renewed attempt to date it failed, so Roger Jacobi and Tom Higham dated samples above and below the find spot of the maxilla instead.A large series of new ultrafiltered bone radiocarbon dates were obtained from a range of cutmarked bones and artefacts from several layers through the site.