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Discover today's latest research techniques about pre-history at the Origins Centre in Johannesburg

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In the exhibition "Prehistory: the investigation" produced by the Toulouse Museum, members of the public conduct a genuine police investigation. The pitch goes like this: archaeologists dug up a Mesolithic necropolis in the small Island of Téviec in France. In the burial place, among other things were two skeletons. In 2010, one palaeoanthropologist and two forensic pathologists made strange discoveries on these skeleton: DNA samples showed that the two pelvises were not those of a man and a woman as previously assumed, but those of two women! The skeletons also revealed traces of violent deaths: the one on the right had five impacts on the head, two being deadly blows, and at least one arrow piercing between the eyes. Traces on the body on the left showed that it had been hit twice! So what happened? It is for the public to discover...

To investigate on this strange case, visitors will be equipped with a set of modern archaeological tools from five investigation fields: technological, chronological (Carbone14, stratigraphy etc), environmental (bio indicators), anthropological (DNA scanner, etc) and social. Total suspense! Presented in the country of the Cradle of Humankind, this exhibition offers to South Africans and the young in particular an opportunity to discover today’s research techniques, and to become informed about the scientific co-operation programmes which have been linking French and South African researchers and our two countries so closely for many years.

"Prehistory: the investigation" is an event part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012&2013 - Wits Origins Centre (Braamfontein, Johannesburg) - From 8 November 2012 to 31 March 2013


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