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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!

Jul 31, 2019

In this episode, Christopher Aris (University of Kent) shares the work he is doing on dental development. By accessing tooth enamel in the permanent teeth of people in the past, Chris examines how enamel secretion rates (or growth rates) changed between Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Early and Late Medieval, and clinical...


Jul 29, 2019

Today's episode with Gabriella Kountourides (University of Oxford) is an important and fascinating discussion on premenstrual syndrome (PMS). With over two hundred possible physical and emotional symptoms, Gabriella is trying to understand the ultimate reasons behind PMS symptoms that affect women during their menstrual...


Jul 26, 2019

On today's episode, Quentin Burke (Quinnipiac University) talks about his first intensive bioarchaeology experience between May and July this year. He takes us through the structure of the program he and his seven colleagues participated in. In particular, we examine the ethics of working with human remains, and what...


Jul 24, 2019

Michael Berthaume (London South Bank University) shares with us work using finite element analysis and broader anthropological and engineering principles in most of his work. Looking at the effect of forces and loading strains on teeth and bone, Michael is able to understand the biomechanical capabilities and behaviors...


Jul 22, 2019

On today's show, Dakota Holmes (National University of Ireland, Galway) is on the show to take his through his work in paleoceanography, sedimentology and marine climate science.

What is the day in the life of sampling marine cores that give us data on climate hundreds of thousands of years ago? How could others use...