Historian Billy Griffiths has written a very interesting and unique book related to the historical and ancient past of Australia. Quite a few people came together to create the narrative of history that we know today and their stories are told in this book. Before they did their work the history of Australia was very misunderstood. Check out his podcast then go read the book and learn something new about an amazing place.
On today’s episode, Chris and Paul discuss an article (linked below) from the Society for American Archaeology’s Advances in Archaeological Practice regarding digital extensions to physical museum exhibitions. We get into the weeds on this and discuss the future possibilities of digital museums.
- Article: An Extension Without an Exhibition: Considering the Continued Life (and Usefulness) of a Digital Heritage Output - by Meghan Dennis
- Article DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/aap.2017.35
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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- Webby: Beware of the GPS signal quality in mobile GPS apps!
- Paul: Termux
Today’s podcast features Dr. Antoinette Jackson, Associate Professor at the University of South Florida. We talk about her work with the Gullah Geechee and the importance of representation in telling people’s stories. We contrast their experience with her work with the local communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the National Park Service. She talks about how to work with descendent communities with less formalized power structures, as well as how to work more ethically with descendant communities in general. Finally, we talk about the town of Archery, which provides an interesting juxtaposition of how stories are told, being both a predominately African-American community and the boyhood home of former President Jimmy Carter. Finally, she shares what it’s like interviewing a former President!
- USF Heritage Research Lab
- News post on SFAA forum where Dr. Jackson and I met
- Book- Speaking for the Enslaved: Heritage Interpretation at Antebellum Plantation Sites. Routledge
- Society of Black Archaeologists- Oral History Interview
- Archery, Georgia article including President Carter
- Present Pasts Journal
Content Warning - Racism, Far Right Wing
Cheddar Man was only meant to be one data point within a wider data-set about prehistoric migrations into Britain. Instead the representation of Cheddar Man with dark skin sent the right wing blog-o-sphere into a media furore claiming conspiracy and bad science. And although its fun to laugh at white supremacists who make such a huge point of having direct lineage have to come to terms with a "black ancestor" - is this really the conversation we need to have? Surely there must be more to talk about when it comes to race, genetics and the representation of the past.
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It's hard to believe that it has been two years since we started this podcast! We hope you enjoy our reminiscing over our favorite episodes and our hopes for the podcast in the future.
Stephen Wagner guest hosts this week's show and is joined by Doug Rocks-Macqueen and special guest Bill Auchter. Bill rolls the dice on a DnD-style random encounters table that Stephen has matched to topics in archaeology. They roll the dice for each new topic and come up with a great show. Here's what's discussed:
- Dragon's Hoard: Curation
- Sunset: The end of the road for projects and documents
- Sequestered Monks: Published Materials
- Geomancer: Spatial Data
- The Gorgon: Permanence and your archaeological career
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Why do textbooks cost so much? Part of the reason is that for one person to do it they need to be compensated. Another reason is that books are big, have lots of color pages, and are expensive to produce. That's why this Open Textbook idea is interesting. Today we talk to Katie Kirakosian - a professor at UMASS that is leading a team that is making a North American Archaeology textbook that will be free to download and use for everyone! It's a very interesting idea and we explore a lot of topics surrounding open access on this episode.
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On today's episode Chris and Paul answer some listener questions.
- Arch Aerial
- ArcGIS Collector
- GPS Tracks
- Avenza PDF Maps
Today's panel discusses the wild world of pseudo-archaeology. The regular panel is joined by Stephanie Halmhofer at Bones, Stones, and Books, and Sara Head from Archaeological Fantasies to discuss The nature of pseudo-archaeology, how to identify it, what to do when you see it, and how we as archaeologists can combat it.
On today's episode we play some recordings from the 2018 Society for California Archaeology Meetings in San Diego, CA in March. It's a hodge-podge of stuff but I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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We're joined on today's show by historian and author Justin Jacobs. Jacobs wrote "Indiana Jones in History: From Pompeii to the Moon". It's a great read about the real circumstances in history that produced Indiana Jones-like behavior regarding the acquisition of antiquities across the world. In the final chapter, Jacobs gives an academic breakdown of the franchise and says what he things the 5th movie (Out in 2020) could be about.
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I give Early Man the Prehi/stories treatment with James Dilley, an ancient technology specialist, and Erin Kavanagh, who is interested in how the past is represented whether that's the prehistoric past or the footballing past. The film is just a bit of Aardman fun, of course, but it opens up wider topics for discussion about how the past is discussed. With plenty of political prehistory in the news, where does this fit in? The fact it was storyboarded as far back as 2011 suggests we may be reading a little too much into it...
Today's episode starts with a brief discussion of the state of digital site recording technology and what the future holds. Then Chris and Paul discuss the article "Pencils and Pixels..." which discusses the coming transition from traditional archaeological field illustration to digital drawing methods and how they can be integrated into a born-digital future.
- Pencils and Pixels: Drawing and Digital Media in Archaeological Field Recording
- ArchaeoTech Episode 22
On March 3rd, 2018 Lyle hosted a live panel on Bears Ears National Monument with indigenous activists at Friends of Cedar Mesa’s annual Celebrate Cedar Mesa event. In addition to Lyle himself, the panel also featured Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk (former co-chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Councilwoman and current Education Coordinator for the Ute Indian Museum), Ed Kabotie (Hopi/Tewa artist, musician, and activist) and Angelo Baca (Diné/Hopi, Filmmaker and Cultural Resources Coordinator for Utah Diné Bikeyah). The four talk about their experiences with Bears Ears National Monument, but also use the topic to discuss larger issues, including tribal sovereignty, indigenous and Western science collaborations, boarding schools, and how we can all be better activists. Their heartfelt words led to a standing ovation and an encore. Thank you again to Friends of Cedar Mesa and to all the panelists.
- Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition
- Utah Dine Bikeyah
- San Juan Record Article about the Celebrate Cedar Mesa Event
- Tha ‘Yoties (Ed Kabotie’s band)
- Angelo Baca’s Bears Ears Film Website
- Ute Indian Museum
Sara and Ken Feder interview skeptical xenoarchaeologist, Jason Colavito. They talk to Jason about his work exploring the connections between science, pseudo-science, and speculative fiction.
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On this episode, the hosts return to one of their favorite topics - the amazing women who have helped make archaeology the field it is. We'll talk about some of our personal heroes, women who definitely don't get enough credit, and how archaeological drawing is super hard and becoming somewhat of a lost art.
Can a bunch of archaeologists agree on what are the five stages of a biface and what attributes are the most essential to record? Listen and find out.
- The Atlatl with Dr John Whittaker - TAS 8
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Triblism developed out of actual tribes and the need to defend your family - since you were likely related to everyone in the tribe. It's also evolutionary and helps protect your genes. Those early tribes would eventually evolve into societies that lived in larger towns and cities. This has developed into nationalism on a larger scale. Also, things within our lives that we think are benign might not be. Students yelling to kill or crush the other team at college sporting events, for example.
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Structure from Motion is a photogrametric technique that just about anyone can do. All you need are half-decent photographs. This podcast discusses a recent article in SAA Advances about using SfM to examine, analyze, and preserve the giant hats, or pukau, on Easter Island. What would you preserve with this technique?
- Using Structure from Motion Mapping to Record and Analyze Details of the Colossal Hats (Pukao) of Monumental Statues on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
- Agisoft Photoscan
- Sketchfab link to pukau
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Today we talk Vaughn Hadenfelt of Friends of Friends of Ceder Mesa. With 30 years of experience as a guide and interpreter in Bears Ears National Monument, he comes on to talk to us about Rock Art. What is it? How do we date it? Can we read it like a book? He also gives us an update on the Status of Bears Ears.
- Welcome 2018 and Bears Ears Update - Episode 90
- Antiquities Laws and Regulations - Episode 75
- Friends of Cedar Mesa | Stewarding the greater Cedar Mesa area in ...
- Bears Ears Rock Art
- Pilling Collection of Fremont Culture Figurines
- Hexham Heads, ley lines, and Wear-sheep-men