The People of the River by Michael Gear and Katheen O'Neal Gear - Episode 14

To move away from being totally Eurocentric, Prehi/stories takes a look at fiction set in North America. The People of the River is set in Cahokia in Illinois, and so I talk to Thomas Emerson, Director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and expert in the archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands, who gives the background reality of archaeological investigation to this story.

 

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The Undreamed Shores by Mark Patton - Episode 13

I talk to the archaeologist/author Mark Patton about his first book, The Undreamed Shores, which is set at the end of the Neolithic in the Channel Islands and Wiltshire.

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A Game of Thrones - Episode 12

There is a law that every podcast about books will eventually talk about A Game of Thrones, and that's where we've got to on Prehi/stories. Kim talks to two die hard fans and archaeologists Lucy Hooton and Brett Thorn about the history behind the iconic books.

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Whitestone Stories by John R Barrett - Episode 11

A first for this podcast is to have the author of the book on to talk about it, so we welcome John R Barrett to Prehi/stories, and Brian Wilkinson, a community archaeologist from Scotland where the book is based. The Whitestone Stories is a children's book but well worth the read for children of any age.

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Poetry Special - Episode 10

A poet, a prehistorian and a podcaster sit down to Skype. That's not a joke, that's what happened for this episode where my guests were Erin Kavanagh, a geomythologist, and Gavin MacGregor, an archaeologist and we talked about the incredible power of poetry to express how we feel about the past, our jobs and to inform research.

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Asterix and the Britons - Episode 9

What can Asterix tell us about the prehistoric past? Not very much, it turns out, but we have a bit of fun anyway. I talk to my husband, Edward Biddulph, as we bridge the divide between Iron Age Gauls, Britons and Romans.

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Stig of the Dump - Episode 8

Editor's note: Apologies for the audio on this one. We did our best to clean it up.

Professional Neanderthal botherer Beccy Scott joins me to talk about the nation's favourite Neanderthal, Stig of the Dump. Many of you will have read this book as children, as it was published all the way back in 1963, and we talk about the popular notion of a caveman, and what people (both Neanderthal and Sapiens) might actually have been like.

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Clan of the Cave Bear: Valley of the Horses - Episode 7

I talk to the awesome superteam of bloggers, the Twilight Beasts, namely Rena Maguire, Ross Barnett and Jan Freedman, about the charismatic animals of the late Ice Age that humans in the Upper Palaeolithic watched, hunted, possibly tamed and definitely painted on cave walls. If you're interested in wild horses, sabre-tooth cats, cave lions or hyenas, listen in.

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Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell - Episode 6

I talk to Susan Greaney of English Heritage about Bernard Cornwell's epic novel about Stonehenge. Despite noticing some chronological finessing, and railing against the sexism of the late Neolithic as portrayed by the author, we discuss how the imaginative storytelling allows us to think about the why behind the building of this iconic monument.

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Music was provided by Nigel Shaw. The track is "Yew" from Dartmoor Roundhouse by Seventh Wave Music at http://www.seventhwavemusic.co.uk/

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