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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!

Aug 12, 2019

Amber Wood-Bailey (Hull York Medical School; University of York) is a Master's student doing research on the biomechanics of tooth roots. With a finite element analysis approach to investigating dental morphology, Amber seeks to understand how our tooth roots help our masticatory complexes endure strains produced by...


Aug 9, 2019

On the show today is Charlie Downey (Albion College), who took part in his first intensive bioarchaeology research earlier this summer. We talk about different sex estimation methods osteologists use in forensic and archaeological investigations, including those using the pelvis, the skull and the humerus.

You can find...


Aug 7, 2019

Benjamin J. Schaefer (University of Illinois at Chicago) shares with us work using hair samples from various sites across Peru. Ben obtains cortisol data and stable isotopes from these samples in order to understand the stress experiences and palaeodiets of sacrificed individuals.

We also talk about the effects...


Aug 5, 2019

On today's edition of the podcast, Flint Dibble (Wiener Lab, American School of Classical Studies at Athens) speaks about zooarchaeology in different Mediterranean contexts. At the Archaic city of Azoria in northeastern Crete, Flint has excavated and studied animal bones for the last few years. By understanding...


Aug 2, 2019

In this installment of the podcast, Silvio Ernesto Mirabal Torres (College of Southern Nevada) shares details about his time doing osteological data collection and analysis. His specific research involved various sex estimation methods using the distal humerus as the focal skeletal trait.

We also talk about his...