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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!

Mar 11, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Catherine Ceniza Choy (University of California, Berkeley) talks to us about ethnic studies, Filipino identity and culture, the history of nurses working in America, and history of Asian adoption into the United States.

What themes and topics do researchers in ethnic studies departments investigate...


Mar 9, 2020

For this episode, Dr. Chris Stantis (University of Bournemouth) talks to us about her work using isotopic analyses to understand how people lived, moved and ate in the past. This is because stable isotope data can indicate for us clues about the environment surrounding ancient humans and what they were doing.

Currently,...


Mar 6, 2020

For this Friday edition of the podcast, Dr. Kara Hoover (University of Alaska Fairbanks) talks all about a wide range of topics: the evolution of our sense of smell, human resilience and adaptability, studies of urban geography and social welfare, surveillance and much, much more.

How important does she see olfaction...


Mar 4, 2020

Today, Dr. Luíseach Nic Eoin (Nature Ecology & Evolution) shares with us her work as Senior Editor for a renowned scientific journal. We discuss what editorial work involves and how she works with scholars to release new findings to the greater scientific community.

With a background in studying ancient plants and...


Mar 2, 2020

In this episode, Dr. João Carlos Moreno de Sousa (Laboratory of Human Evolutionary Studies, Institute of Biosciences, University of São Paulo) takes us through his work in Paleoindian archaeology, prehistoric Brazilian stone tool analyses and science communication.

Hunter-gatherer sites excavated by archaeologists...