Archaeocafé Podcast – Episode 4 – Return to Shanidar: An interview with Emma Pomeroy

hosted by Otis Crandell

In this episode, I talk with Emma Pomeroy about her work as a palaeoanthropologist and the current excavation project at Shanidar Cave. We also discuss some of Dr. Pomeroy’s research interests and some of her other projects.

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Some useful terminology and links

Shanidar Cave
an archaeological site located in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The site was first excavated by Ralph Solecki in the 1950s. It is most well known for the Neanderthal burials found here.

Shanidar Cave (Wikipedia)

an extinct species or subspecies of archaic humans who lived in Eurasia until about 40,000 years


In the news

Newly discovered Neanderthal remains from Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan, and their attribution to Shanidar 5
(Journal of Human Evolution)

New Neanderthal remains associated with the ‘flower burial’ at Shanidar Cave

The Skeletons of Shanidar Cave
(Smithsonian Magazine)

Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered
(Science News)

History of our evolution in a new light


About Emma Pomeroy

Dr. Pomeroy is a lecturer in the evolution of health, diet and disease at the Department of Archaeology, Cambridge University where she combines human bioarchaeology with human biology and palaeoanthropology. Since 2016 she has been the paleoanthropologist at the current excavations at Shanidar Cave.




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