Richie Cruz and CRM Archaeology from KNVC 95.1 FM - TAS 60

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This episode is a recording of a live radio show from Chris Webster called The Archaeology Radio Show. Listen live on Fridays at the links below. The guest is Richie Cruz and he talks about Cultural Resource Management Archaeology with Chris.

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Digital Humanities with Sebastian Heath - ArchaeoTech 101

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Today we have on the line Sebastian Heath from NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. Dr. Heath is ISAW's go-to Digital Humanities professor, and we'd like to discuss his take on DH in archaeology.

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Central Plains Archaeology: Plain and Simple - HeVo 27

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On today’s podcast Jessica hosts Carlton Shield Chief Gover, a PhD student at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. We talked about the unique history of Oklahoma and particularly the Pawnee and Arikara Nations. We talk about the challenges of when oral history and archaeology don’t agree and what it’s like to work in academia, CRM, and in tribal settings. Finally we talk about where he would love to see the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma’s THPO and Museum go in the future, as well as where he would like the field of anthropology to go.

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Witchcraft: The Best Bits - Arch and Ale 23

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Archaeology and Ale is a monthly series of talks presented by Archaeology in the City, part of the University of Sheffield Archaeology Department’s outreach programme.

Archaeology and Ale proudly presents - Leigh-Anne Baldrige on ‘Witchcraft: the best bits’. This talk took place on Thursday 22nd November at the Red Deer, Sheffield.

Leigh-Anne is the Collections Access Curator at Museums Sheffield, and can be found on Twitter at @LeighKitty1.

For more information about Museums Sheffield, visit their website at http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/

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Castleton and Hope Through the Years - Arch and Ale 22

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Archaeology and Ale proudly presents - Colin Merrony on ‘Castleton and Hope through the years’. This talk took place on Thursday 31st January at the Red Deer, Sheffield.

Colin is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Sheffield and a former commercial archaeologist. For the last eleven years, he has been involved in excavations at Castleton and Hope, uncovering archaeology from across the last 2000 years, including a Medieval hospital, unusual burials and even some unique 16th century plasterwork!

Read more about Colin through the University of Sheffield staff pages  https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/people/merrony. For more about Colin’s digs, visit the Castleton Historical Society website https://castletonhistorical.co.uk/and blog https://castletonhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/.

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Anarchy in CRMArch with Lewis Borck - CRMArch 159

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In this episode we speak with Lewis Borck about his article "Constructing the Future History: Prefiguration as Historical Epistemology and the Chronopolitics of Archaeology" and how it applies to CRM archaeology as we practice it.

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Interview with Dr. Monty Dobson from America From The Ground Up - TAS 59

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This episode is the recording of Chris Webster’s radio show interview on KNVC 95.1, Carson City Community Media with Dr. Lemont Dobson from the TV series, “America: From the Ground Up.” We talk about the series and archaeologists on TV in general.

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Looking Back at 100 Episodes - ArchaeoTech 100

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Welcome to the ArchaeoTech Podcast. Today is February 26th, 2019, so put on your party hat because we're recording the 100th episode. This is Paul Zimmerman, your host for for this milestone, along with my co-host (the pod's usual host) Chris Webster. We're turning the tables since we don't have a "tech" topic per se, but instead we're going to do a little navel gazing and look at the history of this podcast to see what kinds of lessons we can learn about podcasting and public archaeology in general.

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Everything is Ritual! - Animals 8

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Wait (1985) "Ritual" is beliefs and behaviors functioning together.

When identifying ritual, context is everything. In the case of zooarchaeology, the location of the remains alone has much inference on whether ritual activity is involved. A notable example is perhaps the burial of dogs (or parts thereof) at the threshold of a structure, which is seen from the Neolithic down to Iron Age, from Italy to Kazakhstan, through Sweden and Britain. Ultimately, as is the case for the near entirety of populations which have not left a written record behind, we can only infer on intent and make a pretty good educated guess, but we will never know the full story. It is perhaps what is most fascinating about ritual: not the action itself, but the intent behind it.

Sources

  • Covesea Caves Project

  • -Cunliffe, B. (1992) Pits, Preconceptions, and Propitation in the British Iron Age. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 11 (1). pp. 69-83.

  • Morris, J. (2008) Associated Bone Groups: One Archaeologist's Rubbish is Another's Ritual Deposition. In "Changing Perspectives on the First Millennium BC: Proceedings of the Iron Age Research Student Seminar 2008". Oxbow Books.

  • Russell, N. (2012) Social Zooarchaeology. Cambridge University Press.

  • Wait, G.A. (1984) Ritual and Religion in Iron Age Britain. BAR British Series.

  • Grant, Annie (1989) Animals and Ritual in Early Britain: The visible and the invisible. In L’Animal dans les Pratiques Religieuses: Les Manifestations Materielles. J.-D. Vigne, ed. Pp. 341-355. Antrhopozoologica, Vol. 3. Paris: Editions du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Your Side Hustle and Raising Kids in Archaeology - CRMArch 158

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We’ve got two very different guests on the show today. The first is Seth Hymes. Seth runs a digital marketing online course and we’ve partnered with him to get CRM Archaeologists a little bit of a side career. Take the course, make a little extra money, and have something to do in the off season. Our second guest is Karry Blake. She’s a CRM professional, runs an environmental department, and is raising two kids the entire time. We talk about the challenges of raising kids while managing your career.

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Creating a Digital Future with Wildnote CEO Kristen Hazard - TAS 58

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Kristen Hazard is the CEO and founder of Wildnote, a digital data collection and management platform that is helping environmental firms to their work faster and more accurately. Chris interviews her on The Archaeology Radio Show on KNVC, Carson City Media.

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The Future of Archaeology in a World That's Tidying Up - ArchaeoTech 99

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In the wake of Marie Kondo and her tidying-up mentality we started wondering about the archaeology of the future. Guest host Richie Cruz and host Chris Webster talk about the future in a tidied-up world. What will be left? How do we think about and interact with “things” as compared to our ancestors and ancient people around the world?

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Archaeology Outreach in local Maya communities in the Yucatan - HeVo 26

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On today’s podcast Jessica hosts Dr. Adolfo Iván Batún-Alpuche (Maya) Professor and Investigator at the Universidad del Oriente, Valladolid, Yucatán, and Dr. Khristin Landry-Montes, Project Facilitator and Affiliated Researcher with InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Drs. Batún and Landry-Montes have been working on archaeology outreach in local Maya communities in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. They have been working with local middle school teachers to teach students about cenotes, underground freshwater aquifers, and their cultural, archaeological, and ecological importance. As one of my favorite part of this project, naturally, they are having students conduct oral history interviews with elders in their communities. Dr. Batún also shares about a previous community archaeology project that resulted not only in a community museum and heritage trail, but also reconnecting the community to their beekeeping heritage. In addition to their specific work in the Yucatán, we talk about what it’s like to be indigenous in Mexico and what it means to be “Maya”, still here, but not a stereotype or single entity.

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Rock Art 101 Trip!

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Hey everyone - friend of the APN, Alan Garfinkel and his California Rock Art Foundation have a great opportunity that I want to pass on to you. For just $62.50 (the APN is not being paid for this) you get a two-day trip in Ridgecrest, CA full of rock art, film screenings, and lectures on lots of rock art topics. Check out the link below and register before February 22, 2019. Sorry if it’s after that and you’re seeing this!

https://www.carockart.org/seminars-with-field-trips.html

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CALL TO ACTION - African-American Burial Grounds Network Act - CRMArch 157.1

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There is a Bill going before Congress today, February 13th, 2019 regarding setting up an African-American Burial Grounds Network within the National Park Service. Below in the links are the summary document and the actual bill.

If you’re listening to this in the future then hopefully this was successful. If it wasn’t, well, let’s try again!

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The Longest Running Podcast about Professional Archaeology - 6 Years Old - CRMArch 157

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For the last six year's we've been podcasting about the field of CRM Archaeology. We've had our ups and downs, just like the industry, but through it all we've continued to bring you awesome topics, great interviews, and educated commentary. Thanks for the past six years and here's to another six!

Special thanks to Bill’s kids, Ruckus the Cat, and all the partners and families of the hosts that allow us to do this every two weeks!

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The Modern Myth of Brexit - Modern Myth - Episode 1

Brexit, it's a word we hear all too often, no doubt we are fatigued by it. But in the cusp of its realization perhaps we should look how we got here. What helped create the narrative and  what information was drawn upon in order to make it seem that leaving the EU was the decision to vote for, at least for three majority of people.


I speak to Kenny Brophy from the University of Glasgow about his paper Brexit And Prehistory about the ways in which narratives were created and how people use symbols of the past to create their own narratives, and in some cases their own cairns.

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References

The Brexit Hypothesis and Prehistory - Kenny Brophy
https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.160

Response to ‘Brexit, Archaeology and Heritage: Reflections and Agendas’ - Lorna Richardson & Thomas Booth

http://doi.org/10.5334/pia-545

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California Rock Art with Dr. Alan Garfinkel - TAS 57

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Today’s episode is actually a recording of the first interview I did as a radio host at KNVC 95.1 in Carson City Nevada. They cut off the first few minutes so we pick it up with one of my next questions. I talk to Dr. Garfinkel about Rock Art, his career and how he got into it, and what it all means in the greater cultural context.

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ChatBot or Human and Does it Matter? - ArchaeoTech 98

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Today on the show Paul and I discuss chat bots and whether they can good, bad, or indifferent for heritage communication. We also discuss a Munsell reader and Paul’s new drone!

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The Cat's Out Of The Bag - Animals 07

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Felis catus is the domesticated form of the African wildcat Felis s. lybica. The latter is believed to have been domesticated in the Near East at the time of the Neolithic agricultural revolution, where keeping pests away from grain storage would have been paramount. It likely that, much like other domesticates, several domestication attempts would have taken place across time and geographical regions.

As rodents such as the rat and house mouse hitchhiked their way across Europe, cats were soon to follow. One notable case is perhaps Cyprus, which was never attached to the mainland and had no native cat population. Cats’ sudden appearance around 7500BCE (most notably with a young adult individual associated with a human burial) thus imply that these would have been tamed wildcats at the very least which had been brought to Cyprus by boat.

Perceptions of domestic cats were somewhat ambivalent, as can still be perceived from contemporary folklore. This led to them being viewed as creatures imbued with supernatural abilities, both revered and reviled. Cats were notably worshipped in Ancient Egypt, yet killed by the hundreds to be sold as mummies; persecuted in the Medieval period for supposedly being witches’ familiars, or simply being viewed as ratters or even pests. While their ‘dog cousins’ were being selectively bred for a variety of functions, cats merely lingered at the edge of human settlements - though cases of companionship exist. It was in fact not until the late 18th century that the cat fancy developed along with the vast majority of the breeds we see today.

It’s not easy being a cat.

Case Studies

  • Gussage All Saints

  • Dried Cats

  • Cyprus cat burials

Further Reading

  • Archaeology of the Domestic Cat

  • Dried Cats

  • https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/eh_monographs_2014/contents.cfm?mono=1089034

  • Brian Hoggard, 'Concealed Animals', in Ronald Hutton, The Physical Evidence for Ritual Acts, Sorcery and Witchcraft in Christian Britain, 2015, Palgrave, pp106-117.

  • Brian Hoggard, 'The archaeology of counter-witchcraft and popular magic', in Owen Davies & Willem de Blecourt, Beyond the Witch-Trials, 2004, Manchester University Press, pp167-186.

  • Margaret M Howard, ‘Dried Cats’, Man, no 252, November 1951, pp149-151.

  • Ralph Merrifield, The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic, 1987, Batsford, London.

  • Bradshaw, J. (2013) Cat sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed. London, Penguin Books

  • Clutton-Brock, J. (1994) The British Museum Book of Cats. London, The British Museum Press

  • Fagan, B. (2015) The Intimate Bond: How animals shaped human history. London: Bloomsbury Press

  • Toynbee, J.M.C. (2013) Animals in Roman Life & Art. Barnsley: Pen & Sword

  • Van Grouw, K. (2018) Unnatural Selection. Oxfordshire: Princeton University Press

  • Houlbrook, C. and Armitage, N. (Eds.) (2015) The Materiality of Magic. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

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