Thematic Collecting

@ Manchester Museum


July 2015

Thematic Collecting: Migration – Barates the Palmyran in Roman Britain

Thematic Collecting: MigrationĀ – a short interview with Alex Croom, Keeper of Archaeology at Tyne and Wear Museums and Archive Service, talking about the famous tombstone set up by Barates the Palmyran in memory of his British wife Regina. This film complements an interview with Raeef from South Shields who has dual Yemeni and British heritage.


Freshwater springs at Stoupa in the Peloponnese in Greece

Thematic Collecting: Water – A short interview about freshwater springs at Stoupa inĀ the Peloponnese in Greece

Migration of Bison at the La Brea Tar pits

The fossil Bison at the La Brea Tarpits show some amazing evidence of seasonal migration.

Ancient Bison
Ancient Bison


Bison jaws showing the different ages of the  animals
Bison jaws showing the different ages of the animals

By looking at the wear and number of teeth, it is possible to tell that the Bison were either 2 to 4, 14 to 16 or 26 to 30 months old. There are no animals in between these ages, so Bison were only present a few months a year.

If the Bison were born at the same time of year as modern Bison calves, the La Brea Tar Pits Bison were here every year in late Spring.

I would like to thank The Art Fund, Ruffer Curatorial Grants scheme for generously funding this research trip.

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