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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!

Jan 17, 2020

For a very special hundredth episode, the host of the Arch and Anth Podcast, Dr. Michael B. C. Rivera, is interviewed himself by the first guest he had on the podcast, Dr. Sarah-Louise Decrausaz (University of Victoria; link to Sarah-Louise's episode here).

Michael is a biological anthropologist, specializing in...


Jan 15, 2020

In this episode, Professor Dame Sue Black (Lancaster University) discusses her current role as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Engagement, and her previous work as Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee and in forensic anthropology working for British and international organizations.

When...


Jan 13, 2020

Today, Derek Boyd (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) delves into a range of topics covering intersectional theory, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology and palaeopathology (i.e., the study of archaeological health and disease).

What was happening socially and technologically in industrial-era England? How does Derek...


Jan 10, 2020

On this episode, Dr. Liana Chua (Brunel University London) talks about the social anthropology of Malaysian Borneo, people in Sarawak who work with and around orangutans, and the tension between local Bidayuh interests (which do not typically include conserving orangutans) and the great concern with the 'plight of the...


Jan 9, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Diana Moreiras (University of Western Ontario) talks to us about her work as a Mesoamerican archaeologist, isotopic chemist and bioarchaeologist.

How did Diana first get into archaeological science and performing research in Mesoamerican studies? What isotopic techniques does she use to study diet...