Archaeology in the Community with Alex Jones - Episode 28

Dr. Alex Jones, founder and director of Archaeology in the Community, joins the show to talk about her work in the very public-facing nonprofit organization. Learn what makes AITC a model for how public archaeology should be done.

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A Decade in the Field - Episode 26

It's field season for many archaeologists in the Northern Hemisphere, and this special season marks a decade in the field for Chris. Kathleen Paul (PhD candidate, Arizona State University) joins this episode for a look back on how our priorities and perspectives have changed a decade in.

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Ancient Politics in the Present - Episode 25

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Maxime Lamoureux-St. Hilaire (PhD candidate, Tulane) joins this episode of the Go Dig a Hole podcast to share lessons from the ancient Maya. He introduces a "pragmatic" model of governance - both in physical and symbolic structures. This topical and timely discussion of politics on a macro scale bears haunting echoes of present situations in the global sociopolitical sphere. In many ways, human civilization hasn't really come that far...

Maxime Lamoureux-St. Hilaire would like to thank Drs. Marcello Canuto (Tulane) and Tomas Barrientos (Universidad del Valle de Guatemala) for having him on their long-term project, and for their support of his research.

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Curiosity in Focus - Episode 24

Daniel Kwan, host of the Curiosity in Focus podcast, joins Chris in Vancouver to talk about his show, why podcasting and social media are important, and how your interests outside archaeology can make you a better archaeologist.

Oh, and here's the Throwback Thursday photo of Chris in that moment he decided to be an archaeologist (a decade ago):

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The Girl with the Space Unicorn Tattoo - Episode 23

Penny Foreman joins the show to talk about her survey she recently presented at the CAA meeting, an the resulting Code of Conduct. She blogged about it, and her conference attire that sparked some (uncalled for) outrage, and a hearty Twitter conversation erupted.

More guests later join the show, live from the SAA meeting, to follow-up on Foreman's comments. These guests - Ruth Tringham (OG Trowel Blazer, and pioneer of feminist archaeology!), Chelsi Slotten (host of Women in Archaeology podcast, and researcher at American University/Smithsonian Museum), Kirsten Lopez (researcher at Oregon State University, and host of Women in Archaeology podcast), and Stephen Wagner (host of CRM Archaeology podcast, and heritage consultant in Calgary) - weigh in with some valuable perspectives.

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Tools and Technology - Episode 22

Colin Omilanowski emailed in some great questions, so Chris Sims had him join the show, along with Emily Long and Chris Webster. We talk about tools and technology in archaeology, and why we use them.

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Ableism in Archaeology - Episode 21

It's the longest GDAH episode yet!

Hanna Marie joins this episode to discuss ableism in archaeology. Some if the issues surrounding ableism include problematic statements and actions by the March for Science organizers, lack of accessibility at professional conferences, fieldwork and field schools, and the emptiness of claiming intersectionality without actually being inclusive.

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Fit for the Field - Episode 20

It's the chicken enchilada episode!

Chris' personal trainer - his brother, Jonathan Sims, joins the show to talk about fitness. No, not fitness whole enchilada in your mouth, they talk about functional movement, the social construction of fitness, and separating fact from fiction in an increasingly commodified field. Jonathan breaks down short term and long term issues for fitness that archaeologists need to think about - especially if you want to avoid destroying your knees, shoulders, and back after a career in the field.

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Archaeology with Oregon's Coquille Tribe

Dai s'la - "welcome, friend"

Kassie Rippee, the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) for the Coquille Tribe in Coos Bay, Oregon joins the show to talk about the opportunities and challenges of tribal archaeology. The Coquille Tribe is a good case study in the difficulties faced by tribal members past and present, and highlights the need for building strong trust relationships.

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Be the Best You - Episode 18

We plopped a mic down at the dinner table with the Desert West Environmental crew at the end of a long day in the field on a project in Arkansas. We discuss the theme of professionalism, among other things like "field mouth" and safe spaces. In the end, we hope this episode helps you level up your career in archaeology with some reassurance and encouragement from this team.

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  • Robert Baker
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  • Alexandra Younger

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Society of Black Archaeologists - Episode 17

Bill White, Alexandra Jones, and Jordan Reese join the show to talk about the Society of Black Archaeologists, public archaeology, racism, and overcoming adversity. Dr. Jones has some stellar advice for anyone trying to make it in archaeology.

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Queer Archaeology - Episode 16

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"Recession-Proof" - Episode 15

Emily Long, of the Women in Archaeology and Trowel Tales podcasts, and Chris Webster, founder of Archaeology Podcast Network and co-host on The Archaeology Show, CRM Archaeology, and ArchaeoTech podcasts, join this episode to talk about how to weather a potential recession in archaeology.

We briefly touch on why CRM and academic archaeologists are worried about the future of the field, and talk about ways to weather a Trump-induced meltdown of federal infrastructure spending and all the support industries (like archaeology and environmental assessment).

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Native American Tribal Consultation - Episode 14

Jessica Yaquinto joins host, Christopher Sims, in this episode to chat about working with tribes. Her work through her company, Living Heritage, and affiliation with other organizations lets her use the full range of skills available to anthropological archaeology. She guides listeners through key concepts in working with Native American communities from the very beginning, and explores what it would take to build a more inclusive archaeology - one that includes Native voices.

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"Literacy" in Archaeology - Episode 13

Jordan Reese, a student at University of Central Florida and longtime veteran of the AFAR field school in Belize, posed some interesting questions to host Christopher Sims. He brought in fellow AFAR staff, Drs. Stan Guenter and Marc Zender to answer these questions and talk about the importance of literacy and good note-taking in archaeology. This is a must-listen episode if you've ever thought, "who even reads this anyway?" when taking notes in the field.

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Matt Tuttle and Anthroprobably - Episode 12

Matt Tuttle joins the show to talk about his blog, Anthroprobably, the work he's been doing at Colonial Jamestown, grad school, mentors, and lessons he's picked up along the way.

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Decoding Wages & Per Diem - Episode 11

Sonia Hutmacher and Bill White help demystify wages, per diem, and lodging in CRM archaeology. Understanding these numbers (and why they might be lower than you’d hoped) can go a long way to easing tensions and building your longevity in the field.

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