Video recordings of volunteers without a big right toe wearing the prosthetics, together with Egyptian-style sandals, revealed that they would have allowed people to walk comfortably and that “nascent prosthetic science may have been emerging in the Nile Valley as early as 950 to 710 BC,” according to Finch.
Museums and universities in London to share expertise
Museums and universities in London will work together to share knowledge and skills under a new project announced earlier this week. The initiative, made possible as a result of a £100,000 grant from the Arts Council, will be organised by University College London and University of the Arts London in partnership with London Museums Group, which represents 250 specialist institutions around the city. Organisers hope that the development will help provide museums with new technologies, expertise and resources, as well as offering academic departments access to additional collections and archives.
Striker memorial unveiled on Tyneside
A statue marking the life of a miner executed for the murder of a local magistate has been unveiled in South Tyneside. William Jobling, who was one of the last people in the UK to be hanged and ‘gibbeted’ – a punishment in which the individual’s remains were covered in pitch after death and exposed in an iron cage – was among workers to strike in 1832 in protest at a contract system tying them to a specific colliery for 366 days. Jobling’s punishment for allegedly killing Nicholas Fairles has long proved controversial, with some critics arguing that it may have been a reaction to the strike action.
Replica Neolithic houses to be built near Stonehenge
Three full-scale Neolithic homes are set to be constructed near the site of Stonehenge following the launch of a new scheme. The £60,000 project, put up for tender by English Heritage, will form part of an interactive exhibition allowing visitors to explore how people lived and worked at the time of the monument’s construction. Contemporary techniques and materials will be used to create the buildings, with the first expected to be completed early in 2013.