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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!

Sep 30, 2019

Ayushi Nayak (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) is a prehistoric bioarchaeologist who studies the beginnings of farming in South Asia. Using carbon, nitrogen and oxygen stable isotope data, Ayushi is able to reconstruct aspects of past people, such as diet, population movements and inter-cultural...


Sep 27, 2019

Today, Jeremy Simmons (The College of William and Mary) talks about his research project on estimating sex using the temporal bone as part of the NSF-REU Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems program. How do osteologists use the mastoid process for this estimation method? In what ways is research experience...


Sep 25, 2019

On today's edition of the podcast, Lauren McIntyre (Oxford Archaeology) take us through her work in commercial archaeology. How do commercial archaeology projects get started and what sorts of analyses do commercial archaeology clients commission? How can we recognize conditions like leprosy on historical skeletons?...


Sep 23, 2019

Today, Michael's partner Massimo Lando (International Court of Justice) talks about his work in international law and maritime boundary delimitation. What exactly is a 'state'? What is a 'constitution'? What is 'law of the sea'? How do legal officers at international courts settle disputes between states, for...


Sep 20, 2019

Speaking to the listeners today about her experience of the NSF-REU bioarchaeology program is Alyssa McGrath (University of Notre Dame). Alyssa studied the talus in particular and used two methods to estimate the minimum number of individuals (MNI) among two populations dating to Bronze Age Arabia. We speak about...