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Available on Patreon: Aleister Crowley is known for his work as an occultist, magician, writer, painter, mountain climber, and top-notch weirdo. But did you know that much of his inspiration came from the world of archaeology and ancient history? Did you know that he got it all wrong? Come along!
Available on Patreon: Our roundup of the newest oldest stuff this month includes an exhibition full of clothing items that exemplify contemporary women trailblazers’ work, the scale of cultural heritage destruction in Yemen, how humans will be remembered by the chicken bones we leave behind, and a note found in the butt of a Jesus statue… and other stuff, but get a load of that last one.
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Available on Patreon: This month, we do a bit of bopping around the Red Sea, as we talk about the Arabian Peninsula before Islam (and today!), specifically Mada'in Saleh, and what the medieval world's most famous tourist thought of Kilwa Kisiwani.
Available on Patreon: Our roundup of the newest oldest stuff this month includes an encyclopedia of traditional medicine in the Amazon, conversations around repatriation of art and antiquities, itty bitty terracotta warriors, and so much more.
Available on Patreon: Anna and Amber discuss culture-bound syndromes, mass hysteria, and the very real symptoms and consequences they yield. What makes an illness culture-bound, whose cultures are exempt, and what can we learn from it all?
Available on Patreon: We talked about boogeypeople, now let's talk about boggypeople. What exactly happens when someone is buried in a bog? We explain how bogs work, speculate at the lives that preceded some bog mummies, and learn that bog burials aren't limited to northern Europe!
Available on Patreon: Our roundup of the newest oldest stuff this month includes visualizing colonization around the world, some current PR challenges at the British Museum, the anthropology of heavy metal, and the discovery of a mummified body FULL OF BEES.
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Available on Patreon: Turn down the lights, pour a glass of wine, put on some music, and join Anna and Amber as we... discuss the diagnosis and treatment of STIs throughout history.