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Live Science podcast 'Life's Little Mysteries' 40: Mysterious Archaeology

Detail from the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.
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In this episode of Life's Little Mysteries, we'll take a closer look at the science of excavating, preserving and interpreting clues from humanity's past: archaeology.

What caused the Mayan civilization to collapse, how did the ancient Egyptians build colossal pyramids, and what's the story behind a 2,000-year-old "computer" called the Antikythera Mechanism? Listen to Life's Little Mysteries 40: Mysterious Archaeology, to find out! 

You'll also hear about how underwater archaeology is helping historians put together missing pieces of a grim chapter in human history — the trans-Atlantic slave trade era. A partnership called the Slave Wrecks Project brings together archaeologists, historians, educators and diving professionals to find and study slave ships that were lost at sea — more than 1,000 ships are known to have sunk between 1525 and 1867.   

Co-hosts: Jeanna Bryner and Mindy Weisberger

Guests: Jay Haigler, lead instructor and the safety dive officer for Diving With a Purpose, and dive training coordinator for the Slave Wrecks Project

Steve Lubkemann, maritime archaeologist; co-founder of the Southern African Slave Wrecks and Diaspora Heritage Research Project, renamed the Slave Wrecks Project in 2014; International Coordinator for the Slave Wrecks Project

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Originally published on Live Science.

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