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Equid Consumption in the Palaeolithic

A few weeks ago I began writing about horse burgers with the intention of discussing prehistoric eating habits in Britain. I, however, got sidetracked and ended up with a rather philosophical piece on how equid meat appears to represent British national identity and, in turn, a rejection of all things French. I promised to produce…

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Horse Burgers and Other Strange Eating Habits

A couple of weeks ago Britain woke up to the news that horse DNA had been found in what supposedly were beef burgers sold at several big-chain supermarkets across the country. Understandably people were upset that they had been sold something different to what they thought they were purchasing. What consumers were most angry about, however, was…

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Cantabrian Prehistory & Albert I of Monaco

Just over two years ago Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the northern Spanish region of Cantabria. Whereas Albert II is accustomed to travelling abroad to represent his small principality at diplomatic events, sporting competitions and the like, the reason behind this trip was a very different and special one to him. Although we now…

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The Ancient Adriatic Plain: An LGM Human Refugium?

When we think of the Ice Ages images of frozen landscapes and mammoths tend to come to mind. And whereas this was indeed the case in many parts of the world during the Pleistocene, not all regions were affected to the same extent by global cooling. In Europe large ice sheets grew over Britain and Scandinavia.…