We start with a definition of historical archaeology in segment one. The next two segments are about communication in archaeology. Are there really trade secrets? Should we be sharing information as well as business information?
This month Archaeology and Ale proudly present:
Ken Dash on “Meersbrook Hall: An iconic Sheffield building”
Ken has spent his life studying Sheffield heritage. In this talk, Ken brings us through his experience excavating around Meersbrook Hall. Once the home of the Roebuck and Shore families, Meersbrook Hall would later house the collection of Victorian art critic and patron, John Ruskin.
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. All talks take place at the Red Deer pub on Pitt Street in Sheffield.
Anna and Amber talk about animal bones and what you can learn from them about domestication! Learn about how selective breeding affects animals' bodies (and also learn that Amber is very afraid of pigs). We also take a detour into Spookytown with some bizarre Iron age animal burials, and top it off with a lovely story about a kitten.
Check out the show notes for Episode 33 of Heritage Voices for the complete show notes.
On today’s episode Jessica hosts Karen Rose Thomas, who is finishing up her Masters at the University of British Columbia. We talk about being a First Nations field representative, her experience as an Indigenous student, and the colonial nature of anthropology. We also talk about her experiences on Simon Fraser University’s Aboriginal Reconciliation Council and as the Tsleil-Waututh representative on the Board of Directors for the Museum of Vancouver. We close out with a fun members only section where we talk about her work for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, experimental archaeology, public anthropology, museums, and where she would like to go in the future.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/renew-stories-of-indigenous-innovation-1.5141155 [Radio Component of the Story]
http://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2019/06/charles-comfort-mural-removal-statement-aboriginal-recociliation.html [Karen: "About the SFU ARC, this was just in my newsfeed today, the university is acting on one of our recommendations!"]
Photos of Karen and her family are all taken at Cates Park / Whey-ah-Wichen which is an ancient village site on the Burrard Inlet, but it is now a park. PDF includes pictures of the stone tools she refers to in the podcast episode.
In this episode of A Life in Ruins Podcast, our three co-hosts reconvene after a summer of shenanigans while Carlton is fighting the effects of jet lag. Connor and David mention what they have been up to and Carlton talks about his trip gallivanting across Eastern Europe. Carlton has some tips for those wishing to travel with Juul pods (spoiler alert, do not travel with them unless you want them taken away from you) and questions the legitimacy of duck effigies mentioned by Connor. This episode is full of hate, laughter and ridiculousness.
For this episode, Alex and Simona delve into the realm of native and introduced species. How long does a certain species have to consistently live in a geographical location to be considered native? What do introduced species tell us about past populations? What is it with the Romans introducing a horde of animals to Britain? Are squirrels real? These are but few of the questions they shall attempt to answer.
Wolverton, S. and Lyman, R.L. (2012) Conservation Biology and Applied Zooarchaeology. Tuscon, AZ: The University of Arizona Press.
O’Connor, T. & Sykes, N. (Eds.) (2010) Extinctions and Invasions: A Social History of British Fauna
Return of pine martens could save Britain's red squirrels, say scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/07/return-of-pine-martens-could-save-britains-red-squirrels-say-scientists
Easter Bunny Project: https://www.easter-origins.org/about
On the trail of the Fallow Deer project: https://ahrc.ukri.org/research/readwatchlisten/features/onthetrailofthefallowdeer/
This week, we’re talking ceramics! Anna and Amber explain how bits of pottery aren’t called shards, but do hold lots of secrets (and sometimes blood!), the role of ceramics in archaeology, evidence for amateur and student potters, and how Amber clearly didn’t miss her calling as a ceramic artist.
Basic Concepts: Pottery in the Archaeological Record (Archaeology Review)
Ancient Chinese pottery confirmed as the oldest yet found (The Guardian)
Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) in the Study of Archaeological Ceramics (Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis)
Thule tradition (University of Waterloo)
Ceramic Technology of Arctic Alaska: An Experimental and Adaptive Craft (Teal Sullivan)
How to Make an Unfired Clay Cooking Pot: Understanding the Technological Choices Made by Arctic Potters (Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory)
Muweilah (Universes in Universe)
Prehistoric Children Working and Playing: A Southwestern Case Study in Learning Ceramics (Journal of Archaeological Research)
The Dirt Book Club!
When Clay Sings (via WorldCat) [https://www.worldcat.org/title/when-clay-sings/oclc/340283]
On this episode we discuss how archaeologists deal with the ubiquity of the mid-20th century trash that we all see around us. What do we do with it? Does 50 years even make sense anymore? What about plastic?
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It’s all LIDAR today! Paul and Chris interview Dr. Sarah Klassen, an archaeologist that has done extensive work in southeast Asia, specifically Cambodia. She’s got some fascinating things to say about what the LIDAR data told them about the past at Ankor Wat and other temples, and, about new questions the data presented.
App of the Day
Webby: Motion-X GPS Update
Warning this episode contains a lot of fun, Foregoing a special American holiday, Tristan speaks with pseudo-archaeologist debunker, Sara Head, also known as ArchyFantasies of the ArchyFantasies podcast. We debate skepticism, pseudo-archaeology, podcasting, archaeogaming and much much more,
Twitter : @anarchaeologist
On today’s show we start with a listener comment about hotel room points. We continue with a discussion of BREXIT and what it will mean for archaeology in the UK. Finally, we talk about taking this podcast to other countries. If you’re interested in starting a version of this show in your country, let us know!
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On today’s episode Jessica hosts Dr. Jason De León, professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. De León talks about how he found himself at a cross roads with traditional archaeology and completely changed his career to better match his values. We discuss his work with the Undocumented Migration Project, conducting archaeological, ethnographic, and forensic anthropology methods to better understand the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as his Hostile Terrain exhibition. We talk about the complicated ethics involved, civil disobedience in the face of injustice, representation, and what we can all do in the face of this structural violence. A fascinating look into how to use anthropology to address current issues in a new way.
Jason Patrick De Leon website
Dr. De Leon’s Twitter: @jason_p_deleon
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)
Episode 5’s guest, Amy Atwater, is the Paleontology Collections Manager/Registrar at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. She is also just an all-around bad-ass. She is an avid science communicator, and does so through presentations, videos, and her massively popular instagram account @Mary_annings_revenge. Amy was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and has a slew of peer-reviewed publications. She also has published work in The Huffington Post and has even appeared on PBS EONS.
We talk with her about how she got into paleontology, how she escaped the field of anthropology and how David and Connor are recovering paleontologists. We define the difference between archaeology and paleontology (Archaeologists Don’t Dig Dinosaurs!) while discussing deep time and stratigraphy. David and Amy discuss curation life and security and Amy explains who Mary Anning is and why she is so vengeful. We finish with a discussion about mental health in Academia. And, big surprise, Connor makes another crappy dad joke. Make sure and get your T-Rex arms clapping and waving as you begin listening to Episode 5 of A Life in Ruins Podcast.
Youtube rap battles:
Today’s show was recorded at KNVC.org in Carson City Nevada. Chris is joined by his co-host for this episode, Brian Woods. We talk about about plants, architecture, and guns.
Today Paul and Chris talk about new boats, drones (of course), issues with the iPhone X in the field, and other random tech topics. It’s a catch-all episode today and we hope you enjoy it!
App of the Day
Simona and Alex finally get to be experts in this fun episode imagining the zooarchaeologies of video games! Using the hundreds (and, if you're Alex, THOUSANDS) of hours of gaming experience, Simona and Alex go through popular video game series (The Witcher, Fallout, Dragon Age, and Skyrim) and try to reconstruct and compare some of the weirder creatures you encounter.
Links and References
Galinas, B. et al. (2015) Dragon Age: The World of Thedas - Volume 2, Dark Horse Comics
Merciel, L. (2014) Dragon Age: Last Flight, Tor books
Sapkowski, A. (2015) The Sword of Destiny, Gollancz
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.
This month Archaeology and Ale proudly present:
Rosalind Buck on “Archaeological Adventures with the National Trust”
Rosalind Buck has made a career out of her adventures in archaeology! In this episode, Rosalind teaches us about how archaeologists are helping the National Trust to look after their properties in the East Midlands.
Content Warning: Listener discretion is advised, as there is adult language. Thank you.