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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!

Oct 30, 2019

In this episode, Izzy Wisher (Durham University) shares details of her PhD work studying European cave art dated to the Palaeolithic.

How can scientists and archaeologists understand better the reasons for why ancient humans created visual culture? What is it about caves that preserves cave art so well? Who in...


Oct 28, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Sarah Lockyer (Casualty Identification Program, Canadian Department of National Defense) talks about her work identifying the human remains of Canadian soldiers who perished during World War I, World War II and the conflict in Korea. We discuss not only the nature of the work, but also where her...


Oct 25, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Laura Heath-Stout (Rice University) talks about her research looking at sexism, racism and heterosexism in archaeology. This is a big topic of discussion that has gotten more attention in recent years among those in the field and many archaeologists are now thinking about what effects systemic...


Oct 23, 2019

Today, Sarah Duignan (McMaster University; Anthrodish) speaks to us about her community-based work looking at water security and holistic health.

Together with Indigenous research partners at Six Nations of the Grand River, Sarah seeks to understand and solve a range of water challenges faced by the Indigenous...


Oct 21, 2019

In this episode, public and Plains Cree archaeologist Honey Constant (University of Saskatchewan) talks about her own cultural background and the indigenous archaeology of Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon, Canada.

As a Senior Guide at Wanuskewin, Honey leads tours through the valley, plans and facilitates...