Achill Henge and other Replicas - Episode 056

On today's episode we are joined once again by Stuart Rathbone. Stuart talks about the phenomenon of Stone Henge replicas around the world and relates his experiences at one of the most recent installations - Achill Henge.

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March for Science - Episode 055

Christopher Sims (of the Go Dig a Hole, ArchaeoTech, and CRM Archaeology podcasts) and Hanna Marie discuss the problematic positions of the March for Science. Although widely popular, a number of statements from the group's organizers have concerned several archaeologists. Learn why in this episode of Arch365.

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The Smithsonian Trinomial System - Episode 054

On today's episode we learn about the common site numbering system in the United States - the Smithsonian Trinomial. It's not used everywhere, but, it IS used most places. Where it's not used, a similar variation is usually in place.

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The Township and Range System - Episode 052

On today's episode we learn about the Township and Range system and the Public Land Survey System. Township and Range is used as the legal location for land across much of the United States and it's sections are frequently used as survey parcel boundaries by archaeologists in the West.

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Dimensional Lumber and Historic Archaeology - Episode 050

On today's episode we get to learn about dimensional lumber! It's actually a thing and can be used to date sites in the west or wherever you find posts and other lumber that dates to the first half of the 20th century.

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These are the nominal and actual sizes of lumber.

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The Munsell Book of Colors - Episode 047

On today's episode we learn about something every archaeologist uses - the Munsell Book of Color. What is it? How was it invented? We cover all this on today's episode.

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Ocmulgee National Monument - Episode 046

On today's episode we learn about the tumultuous past of Ocmulgee National Monument. It's cultures survived for thousands of years on the site but could not survive the Spanish diseases of the 1500s.

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Anarchism in Archaeology - Episode 041

On today's episode, Stuart Rathbone talks about anarchism in archaeology. It's a complicated subject and he tries to define it for the field and determine what it means and how it works.

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UAS Photogrammetry Basics, Hardware - Episode 040

Drone use in archaeology continues to increase in popularity.  In archaeology, researchers are using drones to increase orthoimage resolution, record aerial videos, and develop digital elevation models and point clouds.  These new types of media play into the ever-increasing web of digital documentation of archaeological sites, features, and human landscapes past and present.  It is a good idea as data stewards to form a better understanding of how we record data and how to apply the right technology for the application at hand.  In this episode, we compare a few UAS units, to see how we can make better use of their capabilities while learning about the perks and possible limitations of available hardware.

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Historical Archaeologist James Deetz - Episode 039

On today's show we celebrate the life of one of archaeology's greats - Dr. James Deetz. He is widely considered one of the fathers of historical archaeology and was a pioneer in many ways.

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How To Fight An Academic - Mass Extinction - Episode 038

The discussion of ideas and theoreis is integral to developing and generating new ideas - most of the time this is done in conferences and by reviewing journals. However occasionally some papers are written about the same topic but take completely different angles to the same problem. There was a mass exticntion event at the end of the Late Pleistocene in modern day America - where a number of large mammals died off rather rapidly. The three papers examine to what extent, humans, climate change and an impact from outer space may have caused this event to happen.

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  • Firestone, 2007. Evidence for an extraterrestrial impact 12,900 years ago that contributed to the megafaunal extinctions and the Younger Dryas cooling. PNAS, 104(41), pp. 16016-16021.
  • Haynes, G., 2002. The catastrophic extinction of North American mammoths and madtodonts. World Archaeology, 33(3), pp. 391-416.
  • Grayson, D. K. & Meltzer, D. J., 2003. A requiem for North American overkill. Archaeological Science, Volume 30, pp. 585-593.
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Trowelblazer Mary Leakey - Episode 037

Mary Leakey was born on 6th February 1913 and went on to be a paleoanthropologist famously working at Olduvai Gorge with her husband and discovering 3.6mya fossilised footprints at Laetoli in Tanzania. This episode is based on two articles on the Trowelblazers website.

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