Episode 20 - Oh, Curses!

Halloween may be over, but Anna and Amber are keeping it spooky as they discuss curses and their consequences this week, with some tactics for recovering stolen tunics at Aquae Sulis (Bath, England), what perils awaited medieval Javanese wrongdoers, and a ritual executioner from Australia.

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Bonus Episode - Dirt After Dark 3: Yes We Cannibal!

Over on Dirt After Dark this month, we sunk our teeth into the sufficiently spooky topic of cannibalism, and we're sharing some of it with the main feed! What makes a person eat a person? How can archaeologists tell whether a person was cannibalized? Where has evidence of cannibalism been found? Why does Amber sound suspiciously enthusiastic about this topic? All this and more! 

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Episode 17 - Very Special Guest: Dr. Jonathan Bethard

We talk to Dr. Jonathan Bethard about his career path from bassoons to bioarchaeology, the many duties of a coroner, life in Transylvanian villages, vampires (maybe), and his important work helping to identify victims of political conflicts and natural disasters all over the world.

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Bonus Episode - Deep Cuts 4: The Columbus Day "Special"

In recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, let's talk about the Taíno population of the Caribbean islands who first encountered Christopher Columbus in the fifteenth century, and the metamorphosis of Taíno identity from contact with Europeans through today.

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Episode 15 - Tarahumara Runners

This week Anna and Amber run through the history of the Rarámuri of Chihuahua, Mexico. It's more than just sandals and beer, folks! Plus, a rundown of some of the biomechanics of ultramarathon running, and a theory for how Homo sapiens successfully overran Europe.

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Episode 14 - Aztecs Are Not Incas Are Not the Maya: Latin America in Antiquity

To kick off Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month, we attempt to help you (and ourselves) be less wrong about the most famous early Mesoamerican cultures. This week, it’s a crash course on Aztec, Inca, and Maya history, the thorny issues of contemporary indigenous cultural identity, and some Very Cool Things, ancient and modern!

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Episode 12 - Barkaeology: A Brief History of Dogs

Anna and Amber discuss recent research tracing how wolves evolved into the pups we know and love, the earliest dogs known in the archaeological record, the evolution of our relationship with them, and some Very Good Boys and Girls throughout history.

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Bonus Episode - Old News, Issue 2

As a thank-you for getting us to 3,000 listens in under two months (!!!!!!), we released a quick bonus episode—a teaser of some of the stories from this month’s Old News roundup! We couldn't do it without you. 

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Episode 9 - Mythconceptions

This week we're pushing our "um, actually" glasses up the bridge of our nose and busting some myths about archaeology. Was 30 the new 80 in the Paleolithic? Would someone from the Middle Ages be too short to ride a rollercoaster? Carbon dating is pretty precise, right? Can we tell if a skeleton is a lady? All this and more!

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Episode 8 - Don't Call Them Hobbits: Homo floresiensis

Vacation season is here, and Anna and Amber are island-bound: To the site of Liang Bua, Indonesia! Join them as they get to know Homo floresiensis, our diminutive extinct cousins in Flores, and discuss their place on our complicated, ever evolving human family tree. Plus, local lore about small, hairy cave-dwellers said to steal food and/or children, and a brief moment of Hobbit (TM) Drama.

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Episode 7 - The Paleo Diet: Low-Carb No More

Sink your teeth into this nutrient-dense episode, in which we discuss the recent discovery of bread(-like substances) in the Eastern Mediterranean from more than 14,000 years ago, and learn more about what one might actually have eaten in the Paleolithic. Plus, Anna tells us what we can learn from stuff stuck in your teeth, and we speculate wildly about Iberian vegan Neanderthals.

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