Episode 27 - Merry Mithras!

Grab a cup of cocoa (or something stronger) and join Anna and Amber as they don their coziest jammies and tell the story of Mithras, the lesser-known Reason For The Season from the ancient world. Learn how religions shift through time and place, and why you might want to feast on bull meat in a cave with some Romans this holiday season.

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Episode 26 - It's Made of People!

Never heard of anthropodermic bibliopegy? That's about to change, friends! This week, Anna and Amber look at some unexpected objects made out of people, and discuss some effects of such objects on the living.

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Episode 25 - (Flu) Season's Greetings: Medicines

Anna and Amber can’t help you with your real medical complaints, but they’re here with a whole batch of knowledge about what people used to do for their sniffles (and worse), as well as ways in which diseases have been diagnosed and treated over the millennia.

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Episode 24 - Happy Chrono-kah!

This week, Anna and Amber are in the holiday spirit and ready to celebrate Chrono-kah! A holiday that we just made up where we try to fathom the immensity of time! What's the difference between the Stone Age and the Paleolithic? When is North America finally going to enter the Bronze Age? Why do we call this year 2018? Were the early Middle Ages faked? Some of these questions are easier to answer than others.

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Episode 22 - Thanksviking!

This week, Anna and Amber have a Thing*: it’s an episode all about the Viking Age. Sail with us through an exploration of life during the Viking Age. We talk about the ships they sailed, the food they ate, and the helmets they DIDN'T wear.

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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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