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First used to describe religious movements that emerged in Melanesia following contact with Allied military personnel in World War II, cargo cults are sects and ritualized behaviors intended to summon outsiders (and their stuff) back and bring about a new age. We’ll explore theories for why they come about, discuss some examples of cargo cults in t…
 
In this episode, Carlton interviews Dr. Anna Goldfield from The Dirt Podcast to talk about Dr. Goldfield's inspiration in becoming a zooarchaeologist, how the The Dirt Podcast started, and the importance of experimental archaeology. This a fun and interested one on one conversation between two seasoned podcast hosts. Definitely check out The Dirt P…
 
As with most times archaeology is represented in fiction there are some major inconsistencies in this movie. However, it's a fun comedy and at least you won't be bored watching it. We discuss what they got right and what they got wrong about archaeology, anthropology, and lost cities. There's even a bonus segment with a real lost city! Interested i…
 
For this 82nd episode we interview Stephen Bryne, professional archaeologist and a student of rock art. Stephen talks about his adventures studying Chumash rock art as well as his recent studies with his extensive field trips to some of the largest prehistoric paintings in the world: the rock art of the Sierra de San Francisco in Baja California Me…
 
MEMBERS - Check the ad-free page for a bonus segment! The incredible discovery in March 2022 of Ernest Shackleton's Endurance on the Antarctic sea floor leads to a discussion about the exciting future of underwater archaeology in CRM. Underwater archaeologist, Bill Burns, joins us to shed light on the incredible recent discovery of the Endurance an…
 
We’ve had plenty of instances on the show (in the main feed and especially in Old News) of archaeological research bearing out information that existed already in the historical and oral traditions of Indigenous groups. We’ll discuss some examples of this, and we’ll also examine the relationship of Indigenous science and knowledge with the Western …
 
On today’s podcast, Jessica hosts the crew of the Digging to the Other Side Podcast. We talk about what got them all interested in archaeology, how the podcast was created, what topics they cover, and why it is important to have a podcast on archaeology and related topics across the Americas through the perspectives of Asian hyphenated archaeologis…
 
On this episode, we recap our recent adventures in Colorado. We start out by going nowhere and continue doing that for the rest of the episode. Highlights of the episode include Carlton talks about his new true crime podcast, the intersection of family groups and experimental archaeology. Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and similar t…
 
We've got a few articles that are all over the place - literally - this week. The first is about a re-analysis of what was thought was an ancient harbor in Italy. Turns out there's more to it. Next we talk about, well, the prehistoric world in general as it pertains the role of women. As with everything, there's more to that story and it's way more…
 
We love it when archaeologists look at other technologies that on first glance are not appropriate for archaeology. However, they're willing to give it a try and report on the results! The researches in the article we discuss used an indoor positioning system (IPS) to map an outdoor site in Israel. Their results are encouraging for this emerging te…
 
This week, Amber's under the weather, so Anna goes solo with special guest Dr. Naomi Martisius. Naomi tells us how she deciphers clues about human behavior by looking at tiny tiny VERY tiny portions of animal bone surfaces under a microscope. We’ll get into her undergraduate discovery that re-wrote a part of prehistory (no, really), and her work on…
 
BONUS Hello, friends! We’re moving our episode schedule slightly—episodes will now be coming out on Wednesdays!! But in the meantime—This is a shortened version of a much longer chat that's available to our Patreon members (link below to join and support the show)! Anna and Amber chat about some changes in their personal lives, plus some updates to…
 
On this episode of A Life In Ruins podcast, David interviews his former advisor Dr. Todd Surovell. Todd served as an advisor to David and was a committee member for David and Connor‘s MA theses. David begins interviewing Todd about what archaeology means to him, and a discussion of his early life. The conversation later turns into how Todd found hi…
 
This week we have a timelines episode focused on 2200 BCE. At that time, Stonehenge as we know it today was just completed in the UK. Conversely, the Akkadian empire began to fall in Mesopotamia, and the impressive Old Kingdom in Egypt also came to an end. Join us for a discussion about what was happening in 3 world powers in year 2200 BCE! Interes…
 
MEMBERS! Check your member pages for a bonus fourth segment! You're in the field and a cell tower is down. No communication! Or, you get an alert about a tornado warning, lightning near by, hurricane on approach. What do you do? What should your company do? What are, or should be, policies related to disaster preparedness? We talk about this and mo…
 
Welcome to episode two of a miniseries focusing on the zooarchaeology of various world regions. This episode is centred around African zooarchaeology, focusing on the natural history and anatomy of the most prominent wild and domesticated species. Find out more about African Giant Rats, how loud Guinea fowls can be and what a zebrinny is. Intereste…
 
Settle in for a HEFTY episode, folks! This week, Amber and Anna examine the world of the Neo-Assyrian empire. This means some substantial time spent context-setting, thanks to the complex nature of early Mesopotamian politics, religion, warfare, and state propaganda. Then we look further at that carefully crafted state propaganda and its influence …
 
For this week's episode, we are joined by a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder, Georgia Butcher. Georgia is a cultural anthropologist who studies the impact of drone warfare on drone pilots. We dive into her formative years and the story that hooked her on anthropology. Carlton and Connor then really nerd out about …
 
2022 marks the 100 year anniversary of the discovery of Tutankamun's tomb, and in celebration Dr Daniela Rosenow and Oxford Professor Richard Parkinson have helped create a museum exhibit that tells the story of its discovery and excavation. This unique approach highlights the people that did the excavation rather than the artifacts themselves for …
 
Today we visit with Donald Liponi, noted author and rock art scholar. He shares his research on his next book and the most contemporary scientific understanding of shamanism, altered states of consciousness, and rock art. Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and similar technology in archaeology? Check out the linked PaleoImaging course f…
 
Paul's back and fresh off his trip to Irag! We've been talking about the technical approach to the fieldwork and survey for a few months now and Paul's here to tell us how it went. There's a some great lessons learned in this episode and some great archaeology. Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and similar technology in archaeology? Ch…
 
On a listener-sponsored episode, Anna and Amber tackle the archaeology and historical context of maroon communities. These are societies formed by self-liberated Africans during the period when the slave trade was a huge part of the world economy. We discuss some archaeological case studies, and then really think long and hard about what it means t…
 
On this episode of A Life In Ruins Podcast, we have our good friend and frequent collaborator Stefan Milo on the podcast. Stefan is in the process of researching for a video on human brain size, and we talk about what he has found. Researchers have noted a decrease in brain size in humans within the last 30,000 years. We take a deep dive into how b…
 
Paul Zimmerman took his microphone along with him on a trip to Iraq over March and April. While there he recorded with the team at the beginning of the project, around the middle, and then at the end - from the airport! It's a great journey through an archaeological project and you learn a lot about this amazing site in Iraq. Interested in learning…
 
David is an Integrated Resources Program Manager at Great Basin National Park (Acting), and the Park Archeologist and Cultural Resources Program Manager for the Mojave National Preserve and Castle Mountains National Monument. On today's episode David shares his experiences at Great Basin National Park in Nevada where there is a rich history of Basq…
 
The Peter Principle states that a person who is competent at their job will earn a promotion to a position that requires different skills. If the lack skills for the new role they will be incompetent at the new level and will not be promoted again. Sounds like pretty much all of CRM employment! Let's discuss. Interested in learning about how to use…
 
On today’s podcast, Jessica hosts Dr. Ora Marek-Martinez (Diné, Nez Perce, and Hopi), Director of Northern Arizona University’s Office of Native American Initiatives and the Native American Cultural Center and Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department. They discuss Dr. Marek-Martinez’s journey to become an anthropologist and negotiating di…
 
In this episode, the three hosts reconvene after a month of not having recorded an episode. Carlton and Connor check in with David on how the bus refurbishing is coming along and the recent trip to Arkansas. Carlton talks about his dissertation data collection, recent environmental distress in Colorado, and his recent trip to Oklahoma City. The guy…
 
In a SURPRISE THIRD INSTALLMENT of our discussion of sci fi and archaeology, we talk about two giants of world building, Octavia E Butler and Ursula K LeGuin. We also talk about a few fictional anthropologists of TV and cinema. Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and similar technology in archaeology? Check out the linked PaleoImaging co…
 
This week we take a look at 3 archaeology news stories. First up is a recent study that looks at the deterioration of the Pueblo Bonito Great House at Chaco Canyon using historic photos of the structures. Second, is a new study that looks at the health defects and deficiencies found in the skeletal remains of a colonial era cemetery in Australia. F…
 
This episode is with Kevin Stein an entertainment, marketing, and public relations consultant and rock art aficionado. Kevin has traveled widely and studied the intimate details of rock art both in the Americas and in the old world. He has also conducted his own seminars and presentations on the nature of shamanism and the connections with the stud…
 
Daniel Carvalho is a researcher working on applied robotics for archaeology. He's interested in creating an actual robot for archaeological use. We're not talking drones or computer programs alone. We're talking about robots that can do a multitude of tasks for archaeology and beyond. Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and similar techn…
 
We're back! And we're continuing our exploration of science fiction in archaeology AND anthropology in science fiction. Last time, we talked to author Pat Edwards about world-building and storytelling--this time, we tell the stories. Amber gets speculative, Anna spins some yarns, and we investigate the Thousand and One Nights. Show notes coming soo…
 
On this special 4 segment episode of A Life in Ruins Podcast, we are lucky to be joined Trevor Creighton, a project archaeologist at Butser Ancient Farm. Butser Ancient Farm is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company with a focus on education and research, located just north of Portsmouth in the UK. They have a series of buildings at the farm, …
 
Surgery has been performed throughout ancient history to varying levels of success. In this episode, we cover a brief history of surgery sound the world, as well as some specific techniques like trepanation and blood letting. Additionally we discuss several examples of surgery in the archaeological record. Interested in learning about how to use X-…
 
Previous guest of the Rock Art Podcast Noel Hidalgo Tan has organized a new course on rock art: Rock Art in Southeast Asia and the World. It's an online course and is filled with useful and practical information. Check out this episode and sign up for the course using the link below! Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and similar techno…
 
When you are assigned to monitor a construction site overnight, how should you approach this task? Join us, along with Andrew’s old student Neil Thompsett (who has recently been night monitoring) as we discuss how to stay awake and professional in an intrinsically difficult situation. Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and similar techn…
 
Welcome to episode one of a miniseries focusing on the zooarchaeology of various world regions. This episode is centred around European zooarchaeology, focusing on the natural history and anatomy of the most prominent wild and domesticated species. Tune in for curious animal introductions, waterfowl collections and musings on Pliny the Elder. Inter…
 
(ENCORE) This week, Anna and Amber decided to clean up their act and take a look at the history of bathing and hygiene. We’re dipping our toes into Roman baths, sweating through Finnish and Russian saunas, discussing the shrewd marketing behind the “Halitosis Effect,” and more. Plus, what even IS soap, anyway? Interested in learning about how to us…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Kay Mattena, a Ph.D. student in Archaeology and Indigenous Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Descendent of the Citizen Band of Potawatomi, and first appeared on Episode 54: SAA 86th Annual Conference, and Indigneous Response. We talk about her earliest encounters with science, nature, and arc…
 
It's a news episode! We've got desert kites in the Middle East (so, game fences?), a return to the Miami Circle and associated sites, and finally some illicit antiquities getting pulled from an auction in New York. Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and similar technology in archaeology? Check out the linked PaleoImaging course from Jam…
 
For episode 76 we had a great conversation with Gloria Brooks who is a teacher and a writer of content for students. She has crafted scholarly material relating to Native American culture and used it as a means of inspiration in recognition of the cultural value and heritage of indigenous people. Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and s…
 
We’ve always wanted to have a GPS expert on the show to unpack terms and talk about the latest tech. Now we have it! Matt Alexander joins us to talk all things GPS and explain some of those terms you may have been wondering about. Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and similar technology in archaeology? Check out the linked PaleoImaging…
 
In this re-release of an EARLY classic, take a whirlwind tour of the Swahili coast and the economic and cultural exchanges over land and sea it has enjoyed for more than a thousand years, before zooming in on the very powerful, and very cool, medieval sultanate of Kilwa Kisawani. Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and similar technology…
 
On this episode of A Life in Ruins Podcast, David and Connor talk to Dr. Angela Perri about her lengthy CV and her academic/professional career. Dr. Perri is currently the top researcher in the world in terms of understanding the relationship between humans and dogs in the ancient world. So clearly, David's ears perked up. As usual, we first dive i…
 
This week we discuss some interesting archaeology news articles. First up is a new algorithm that can read and restore Ancient Greek texts. Second, a researcher claims to have found approximately 65 previously unknown British royal burials. We definitely have a lot of questions about that statement! And finally, a beautiful reconstruction of a Ston…
 
Steve Waller is an expert in the study of ArchaeoAcoustics. ArchaeoAcoustics is the study of sound in the prehistoric environment. Mr. Waller got his start in the caves of France while pursuing a passion for rock art study. One idea that Mr. Waller pursued was the idea that rock art was actually inspired by sound - specifically the sound in a cave.…
 
There’s been a lot of talk on the web lately about pay transparency in CRM. Should companies be required to disclose pay ranges on job advertisements? Should employees be allowed to know how each other are being compensated? We talk about these issues and more on today’s episode. Interested in learning about how to use X-Rays and similar technology…
 
Pat Edwards is an author, game builder, and creator of all kinds of sci-fi and fantasy content. We all sit down and puzzle through some questions about the boundaries between archaeological interpretation and fiction, the use of anthropological tropes in pop culture, and strategies for drawing from the archaeological record for fictional world-buil…
 
For our first live show and in celebration of our 100th episode, we had originally planned for a dynamic and audience-interactive experience full of bits, challenges, and guest appearances. However, due to the recent invasion of Ukraine by Putin’s Russia, we wanted to use our platform to support the people of Ukraine. We were joined by Simon Radche…
 
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