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This week, Anna and Amber take their inspiration from an archaeological news story and dive into some hidden treasures!
Grave of 'real-life Asterix' who fought Caesar found amid trove of weapons and possessions in West Sussex [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/22/real-life-asterix-fought-caesar-found-amid-trove-weapons-possessions/] (The Telegraph)
Archaeologists find richest cache of ancient mind-altering drugs in South America [https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/archaeologists-find-richest-cache-ancient-mind-altering-drugs-south-america] (Science)
Clovis-era Tool Cache 13,000 Years Old Shows Evidence Of Camel, Horse Butchering [https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090225132355.htm] (Science Daily)
Under Maryland Street, Ties to African Past [https://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/21/science/21arch.html] (The New York Times)
A Cache of 18th-Century Rockets Discovered in India [https://www.archaeology-world.com/a-cache-of-18th-century-rockets-discovered-in-india/] (Archaeology World)
A Dog Named Monty Has Dug Up a Rare Cache of Bronze Age Artifacts in the Czech Republic [https://news.artnet.com/art-world/dog-archaeologist-czech-republic-1351412] (ArtNet)
It’s all about mounds and moundbuilders on this week’s episode with Anna and Amber.
Cahokia: The Great Native American Metropolis (via WorldCat)
Watson Brake, a Middle Archaic Mound Complex in Northeast Louisiana (American Antiquity)
12th-Century Cahokia Was a “Melting Pot” (Archaeology)
Cahokia and the Excavation of Mound 72 (Lithics Casting Lab)
The Ancient Mounds of Poverty Point: A Place of Rings (via WorldCat)
White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest’s Mysterious Mound Cities (Smithsonian)Check out Ken
Feder’s take on the myth of the moundbuilders over on Archaeological Fantasies. He’s also the author of this week’s Dirt Book Club entry, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and
This week, we play some of the Classics: a look at Troy, the Trojan War, and its discovery. Enter Heinrich Schliemann, the archaeologist (nope) who excavated the site of Hisarlik, in present-day Turkey, found evidence of the end of the Iliad (nope), went on to excavate other Homeric heroes (again, nope), and completely changed the game for public interest in archaeological research and the possibility that Homer was based on historical events (actually, this one is true). Come for Amber attempting to recite the Aeneid, stay for Anna throwing books in disgust.
Amber's too cold, Anna's too hot, and we've both lost our dang minds! In an effort to think about something other than the summer heat, this week we're offering you a sampler platter of some of the amazing archaeology from the Arctic regions up north! Learn how people got to the Arctic, what some of them did when they got there, and what's happening to Arctic sites now in light of global warming. Also hyenas. Refreshing!
Beringia (National Parks Service)
The Unalaska Sea Ice Project (Boston University Zooarchaeology Laboratory)
The Dirt Book Club!
The earth is faster now: indigenous observations of Arctic environmental change, by Igor Krupnik and Dyanna Jolly
The last imaginary place: a human history of the Arctic world, by Robert McGhee