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The Arch and Anth Podcast

The Arch and Anth Podcast aims to provides entertaining and educational content about archaeology and anthropology. Hosting the show is me, Dr Michael B. C. Rivera, an expert in the study of human biology, human behavior and human societies worldwide, from the earliest beginnings to modern times (you can read more about me here).

This podcast is aimed at a broad audience. There is no assumption that listeners will already be well-informed about the study of people and what that involves. Through interviews with various guests, the podcast will address a wide enough range of topics for you to find something of interest. All episodes will be designed to be thought-provoking and entertaining for all!

May 31, 2019

In this episode, Melissa Hurtado and I talk about zooarchaeology of Kodiak Island off the coast of Alaska. In this cold environment, the Alutiiq inhabitants of the past mainly subsisted by hunting, fishing, gathering and farming, a large part of which involved the hunting of Northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus)....


May 29, 2019

In this episode, Annemieke Milks shares with the listeners her work in Palaeolithic archaeology and experimental archaeology. She examines the use of the most ancient of wooden tools, which do not always preserve well in archaeological contexts (see examples in the show notes linked below). Where do they do occur, they...


May 27, 2019

For this Monday episode, Michael is joined in the studio by Dr James Cole, a lecturer at the University of Brighton. He is also the Director of the Isimila Stone Age Project, a long-term investigation looking at stone tools (such as giant handaxes) dating to 2 to 3 million years ago in Tanzania. We talk about some of...


May 24, 2019

On this fun-filled episode, Alex Fitzpatrick comes on the show to speak about her expertise in zooarchaeology. She works on The Covesea Caves Project, an archaeological investigation of Bronze Age life on the shore of Northeast Scotland. By examining animal bones, Alex uncovers information about prehistoric diets, food...


May 22, 2019

David S. Anderson joins us today from Virginia to share some of his experiences of working in the archaeological field and his perspectives on pseudoarchaeology. The first part of his interview covers his excavations and surveying work on Maya archaeology, particularly his findings from Xtobo, a Preclassic settlement...