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UNDEAD TED: PROFESSOR JAMES CLOSE EXPLORES THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ZOMBIES

If you're unfamiliar with TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks on YouTube you should change that. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

If you need a relevant jumping in point, then look no further than Professor James Close's latest talk at Plymouth University where he explores archaeological evidence and historical literature to tell us how stories of the undead have evolved over thousands of years. The talk includes the archaeology of zombies, anthropology of the undead, and the genetic evolution of vampire stories and proves that the idea of the dead rising up to devour the living didn't start with George Romero. Check out the full video below:

Links: TED.com | TED Talks on Youtube | TEDx Talks on Youtube | Plymouth University

 

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