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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!

Apr 29, 2020

In this episode, An-Di Yim (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) talks to us about his PhD research looking into the various environmental and genetic factors that contribute to skeletal growth and skeletal form before human adulthood.

What is the 'population genetics' approach and how can anthropologists use it...


Apr 27, 2020

Today, Amanda Wissler (Arizona State University) talks about her PhD research investigating frailty and resilience among human skeletons dated to 1918 and associated with the Spanish Influenza pandemic.

What are the basic definitions of 'frailty' and 'resilience' in the fields of palaeopathology and bioarchaeology? What...


Apr 24, 2020

On this episode, Dr. Earvin Cabalquinto (Deakin University) talks about communications between Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Melbourne and their family members in the Philippines, and research themes that surround these communications such as the uses of digital networks and social media, the dynamics of familial...


Apr 22, 2020

In this episode, Megan Kleeschulte (University of Tennessee Knoxville) talks to us about her recent work studying the awareness and implication of NAGPRA laws among medical examiners and coroners (ME/C) working across the United States.

The Native American Graves Protection And Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), passed in 1990,...


Apr 20, 2020

Historical, industrial and maritime archaeologist Anton Larsson (Stockholm University) is on the podcast today. He shares details about his PhD research looking at the impacts on archaeology and local community of landslides in western Sweden between 1,000–1,900 CE.

How often and to what extent have landslide events...