Change Up - Episode 2

Welcome Friends! It’s another exciting episode of “The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty,” so get ready for episode 2 “Change up!”

N THIS EPISODE I TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY INTO THE EXCITING WORLD OF MUMMIES. JUST YOUR AVERAGE, RUN OF THE MILL, ORGAN-LESS, MUMMIFIED HUMAN BEINGS. WELL, AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT THEY THOUGHT AT THE REDPATH MUSEUM OF MONTREAL, UNTIL RECENT IMAGES FROM A CT SCAN OF THREE MUMMIES FROM THEIR COLLECTION REVEALED THAT ONE OF THEM WORE A FANCY SCHMANCY HAIRSTYLE TO THE AFTERLIFE. I HEARD IT WAS ALL THE RAGE IN THE ROMAN ERA, SO I THOUGHT I’D TRY IT OUT FOR MYSELF (A LITTLE EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEVER HURT ANYONE… UNLESS YOU COUNT FLINT KNAPPING, WHICH I BELIEVE IS UP THERE WITH SHARK ATTACKS ON THE KILL-O-METER). SO HERE IS A FORENSIC ARTIST’S RECONSTRUCTION OF THE REDPATH MUMMY (A WOMAN AROUND 20 FROM THE FAYUM)… AND MYSELF WITH A TRULY AWFUL RECONSTRUCTION OF HER HAIRDO!

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I\d like to REMIND YOU THAT I HAD TO DO THIS TO MYSELF WHILE THE EGYPTIAN WOMAN PROBABLY WASN’T VERY BOTHERED DURING THE WHOLE PROCESS BECAUSE SHE WAS DEAD… BUT I BET IF SHE WERE STILL KICKIN SHE WOULD HAVE HAD HELP BECAUSE THIS IS ACTUALLY QUITE A DIFFICULT LOOK TO PULL OFF. I MADE THE MISTAKE OF DOING TOO MANY BRAIDS AND THEN SMUSHING THE POOF I HAD CREATED IN THE BACK WITH THE MILLION BOBBY PINS I HAD TO USE TO SECURE THE BRAID ENDS. SO KUDOS TO YOU EGYPTIAN LADIES, YOU’VE ONE UPPED ME IN THE BATTLE OF THE HAIR- ALTHOUGH I WILL REMIND YOU THAT AT LEAST I HAVE HAIR, WHICH IS MORE THAN I CAN SAY FOR MANY OF YOU, SO THERE.

  SO THE EGYPTIAN THING WAS FUN (ESPECIALLY WHEN I WENT TO WAL-MART LATER  AND EVERYONE STARED AT ME), BUT THEN WE HAD TO MOVE ON- SO I WAS HAPPY TO BRING YOU SOME COOL CRM NEWS OUT OF THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. RESEARCHING THIS STORY KIND OF GOT AWAY FROM ME, I PRETTY MUCH ENDED UP GIVING A HISTORY OF DANISH ROYALTY SO…  YEAH, THAT HAPPENED. BUT SERIOUSLY, I HAVE A COOL SCOOP FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE PROJECT TOO.

SOMEWHERE IN THERE IS A NEW SEGMENT I CALL SHORTY NEWS. IT’S A SHORT NEWS STORY THAT I FIND AMUSING. THIS ONE’S ABOUT SOUP. ENJOY.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT FOLKS, THE OFFICIAL EPISODE WRAP-UP. MAKE SURE TO LIKE “THE STRUGGLING ARCHAEOLOGIST’S GUIDE TO GETTING DIRTY” ON FACEBOOK, AND SEND ME SOME TWEETS AT @STRUGGLINGARCH. I REALIZED WHEN I SAID THAT I’D “TWEET” YOU BACK ON THE PODCAST IT SOUNDED MILDLY DIRTY- SO JUST TO BE CLEAR- THAT’S WHEN I WRITE YOU BACK TO TELL YOU SOMETHING INSIGHTFUL THAT CHANGES YOUR LIFE. IF YOU’RE COMMENT CAN’T BE CONTAINED IN 140 CHARACTERS THEN SEND ME AN EMAIL AT GUIDETOGETTINGDIRTY@GMAIL.COM

MCNIVEN OUT! 

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