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An active Archaeologist myself, I've gotten a bit tired of the use of bad science and archaeology to defend and "prove" made up claims. In this vein my videos should help others who are are not familiar with how Archaeology actually works understand the truth and see through the misleading lies of others

Trying Something new, AKA Moving the BLog to Patreon

Since I cannot describe how much I fucking hate WordPress’ ‘block’ bullshit for creating posts, I am going to experiment with moving the blog over to my Patreon account.

What this means for Non-Patreon members is: DONT PANIC!!!

Blog posts will always be available to the public without having to pay for a membership.

Actually, Patreon is kinda the de facto hub for all of my media, blog, pod, vlogs. And most of it is open to the public free of charge.

Now, if you want early access to things, then a membership is right up your ally, but again, it’s not required.

Maybe WordPress gets their heads out of their asses and either changes this block shit, or gives me the option to NOT USE IT (seriously, how hard is that?) Then I might come back here. But otherwise, WordPress is not the space for me anymore.

The domain will remain, access to everything that is here will stay. It’s just, new things are going on Patreon for 2022, and we’ll see how that works out.

Sorry for the inconveniences that may cause, I really am, but blame WordPress. I have tried to communicate with them over this; they are not interested in hearing me. So, I’m moving.

Hope to see most of you there. It really is easy access to the podcast and my vlogs. (It’s actually better y’all.)

The Dirt Takeover Episode, Archaeological Fantasies Ep 116

Dr. Anna Goldfield and Amber Zambelli invade the Archaeological Fantasies podcast in this special cross over with The Dirt podcast. We talk Race, Racism, Movies, TV, and Mutant Frog Overlords.

Show Notes:

The Dirt Podcast
The Dirt Podcast on Twitter

Atlantis Deep Dive Comic 1

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The Archaeology of Giants

Atlantis at Last! In Search of Aliens S01, E01
https://archyfantasies.com/atlantis-at-last-in-search-of-aliens-s01-e01/

Atlantis – Episode 17
https://wordpress.com/post/archyfantasies.com/5961?site=archyfantasies.com

Remix – Atlantis in Sardinia with Dr. Emily Holt – Archaeological Fantasies ep 107
https://archyfantasies.com/remix-atlantis-in-sardinia-with-dr-emily-holt-archaeological-fantasies-ep-107/

Hi! I’m an archaeologist who likes games, video games, gaming, horror, the supernatural, and debunking pseudoarchaeology. Check out my vids for more on the above topics, and toss us a coin if you like what I do.
Twitter – @ArchyFantasies
IG – @ArchyFantasies
Emai – ArchyFantasies@gmail.com.

Giants, and Atlantis, and Aliens Oh My!

Originally Posted on The Archaeology of Giants

Gians, Atlantis, and Aliens

We’ve talked about Atlantis on the podcast and the blog before. We’re not here to rehash any of that, the long and short is,

“So, where is Atlantis? It’s in two books called Critias and Timaeus and nowhere else.”

We’re not changing our opinion, so no worries.

Recently I’ve been watching a new YouTube channel called Mysterious Middle East. I’m not sure what the angle for this channel is, in that I can’t tell if it’s a fringe belief channel or fringe debunking channel. However, their videos are visually beautiful, the narrators are quite well done, and let’s face it the topics are interesting too. This particular channel covers a variety of topics, but they all circle back to the Middle East and pseudoscience, the paranormal, and pseudoarchaeology. What I like most about the channel is that this is all being told from a Middle Eastern perspective as the author of these videos is from Syria.

One of the topics that keeps coming up over and over again is the idea of giants in the Middle East. Which of course, giants are one of our perpetual topics here and on our sub-blog The Archaeology of Giants. What I’ve also started to notice is the amount of overlap between the idea of Middle Eastern giants and Atlantis. Which, of course, then leads to an overlap of giants and Atlantis and aliens.

You can’t have Atlantis without aliens, it seems.

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So I’ve decided to reinvigorate this topic here on the blog and possibly podcast. Not in that we’re going to go try and find Atlantis or work from the idea that there is any physical evidence whatsoever that Atlantis ever actually existed. If you go to the above links when we visited this topic before you’ll see that our opinion is quite solidly in the ‘Atlantis isn’t real’ category.

I do want to look at all the fascinating ways that Atlantis gets interwoven into other pseudo-topics like giants and aliens and the Nephilim. I’m finding it fascinating that all these things are dependent on each other to be accurate, and all built around an idea that has never been proven correct. It leaves a lot of room for speculation across-the-board when it comes to Atlantis theorists and giant hunters, and it’s really just intriguing to me the leaps and jumps and connections that are made.

So when our next few blog posts and crossovers were going to be examining the intersection of Atlantis, giants, and aliens. At times these things being the same, at times than being completely separate. I don’t think I’m necessarily presenting any new information here, I also don’t think I’m introducing new connections, what I am hoping to do is pull everything together in one place as completely as I am capable of doing. Sometimes understanding the thought process behind an idea, and seeing all of the connections laid out in a line, can help us understand the overall argument and the reasons behind that argument.

What we’re striving for here is a better understanding of the fringe and fringe beliefs.
And it’s also fun to look at giant aliens from Atlantis, oh yeah and Lovecraft, Lovecraft is involved.

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Hi! I’m an archaeologist who likes games, video games, gaming, horror, the supernatural, and debunking pseudoarchaeology. Check out my vids for more on the above topics, and toss us a coin if you like what I do.
Twitter – @ArchyFantasies
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Emai – ArchyFantasies@gmail.com. 
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Resources:

Atlantis at Last! In Search of Aliens S01, E01
https://archyfantasies.com/atlantis-at-last-in-search-of-aliens-s01-e01/

Atlantis – Episode 17
https://wordpress.com/post/archyfantasies.com/5961?site=archyfantasies.com

Remix – Atlantis in Sardinia with Dr. Emily Holt – Archaeological Fantasies ep 107
https://archyfantasies.com/remix-atlantis-in-sardinia-with-dr-emily-holt-archaeological-fantasies-ep-107/

Coming up on Archaeological Fantasies:

In this interesting time…my semester is wrapping up, and I decided to change my thesis proposal with three weeks left in the semester…because reasons.

That said. I do have a stock of podcasts that need tweaking before being posted. I’m going get those up soon, and thank everyone for being lenient with us. I think you’ll really enjoy the topics coming up, we got haunted Winchester house, archaeology and ghost hunting pt 2, race in academia, and the Historical accuracy of the Assassin’s Creed games pt2!

We’ve also got a bunch of collaboration things like the “Hunt for Secret Mysteries” vids and Podcast with Bill Auchter with ArchaeoRPG and ArchaeoThoughts. We’re taking on Skinwalker Ranch right now, and wow, just…its bad yall.

We’re also still working on our own archeology surveys in Elder Scrolls and No Man’s Sky and looking at Aliens, Giants, and the Paranormal on our sub-blogs. 

So hopefully there’s a lot to keep you busy this month while my output might be a little spotty. I have a couple of quick vids planned, but other than that, I need to lay low and convince my Thesis Professor to let me lead a real-life phase 1 survey in Elders Scrolls Online…I have a crew and everything. 

In the meantime, enjoy this throwback from the archives, where Dr. Jeb Card and I talk with Dr. April Beisaw about Ghost Hunting as Historical Archaeology! 

Also, be sure to check out Jeb and Blake Smith’s newest podcast “In Research Of” for a fun and critical look back on Leonard Nimoy’s classic pseudoarchaeology show. 

Show Notes:

April Beisaw on Twitter: @AprilMBeisaw

April Beisaw website 

Lost City, Found Pyramid edited by Jeb Card and David Anderson 

The Hunt For Secret Mysteries: Skinwalker Ranch Pt1 with Bill Auchter.

Today we start a brand-new collaborative project with Archaeothoughts and ArchaeoRPG which is a podcast miniseries we are calling The Hunt for Secret Mysteries. This miniseries will focus on various paranormal TV shows as we are inflicted with them. My cohost will be Bill Auchter of Archaeothoughts and for our first series, we’re focusing on the new television show “The Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch”. We hope you enjoy this brand-new miniseries and hope you stick around for the full set.

Bill Auchter can be found:

Twitter – @archaeothoughts

Patreon –https://www.patreon.com/archaeothoughts

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp0zGwylRsKCkxbMSUE2a0Q

Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/archaeothoughts/

Hi! I’m an archaeologist who likes games, video games, gaming, horror, the supernatural, and debunking pseudoarchaeology. Check out my vids for more on the above topics, and toss us a coin if you like what I do.

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Email – ArchyFantasies@gmail.com. 

Game Food Archaeology: Major Dunmer Food Stuffs.

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Ashalander Camp Cook Fire. Note the baskets and simplicity of the setup. 

The Dunmer race in ESO can be divided into two distinct cultural groups. One being the Indigenous Ashlanders and the other being the city and town dwelling Dunmer. When talking about the major foodstuffs of these groups, it’s important to keep them separate, as the city Dunmer have a great deal of Imperial influence to their cuisine where the Ashlanders appear to keep to more traditional cuisine.

Despite the separation, there are a few shared foods between both groups. Saltrice and Kwama, in its various forms, especially eggs, are something all Dunmer incorporate into their cooking.

As meats come only in generic terms, all Dunmer eat poultry, white and red meat, game, and small game. Though the sources of these meats are different from other regions in Tameril. Dunmer pulls their meat sources from the local animals, which all appear to an outside observer like myself to be lizard and insect-derived fauna.

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Ashlander Camp Fish Drying Rack. 

Now here is where we start to see a divide in preferred foodstuffs. Ashlanders will eat Nix-hounds, guar, a verity of fish, and mud-crabs. This is what we can pick up from not only recorded recipes but also from examining the food preparation in the Ashlanders camps.

City Dunmer doesn’t appear to eat many kinds of seafood, though there is a recorded crab recipe for the Redoran. Examining the City Dunmer kitchens and pantries, we see meat sources that are not local. Pheasants, ducks, and geese are among the exotic foodstuffs we see. There is a noticeable lack of fish found here. This is clearly explained by the City Dunmer’s access to a wider variety of trade items than the Ashlanders, who are known to be reluctant to deal with outsiders. .

Beyond meats there are several other reoccurring foodstuffs in the City Dunmers’ recipes; melons, seasoning, cheese, pumpkin, tomatoes, greens, flour, radish, potato, Jazbay grapes, garlic, beets, carrots, Frost Miriam plant, perfect roe, scrib jelly, Namira’s rot, Imp stool, and lemons. We can add Bananas to the mix as well, but only when dealing with the southernmost reaches of Dunmer influence, again showing a cultural mixing between the Dunmer and their southern neighbors.

Outside fo the city, we lose the exotic ingredients such as cheese and flour for the most part and many melon dishes. We see the incorporation of more Ashyams and pumpkin to the diet. Though there is evidence of a cheese and bread plater associated with Ashlanders, though it’s such an outlier, it’s authenticity is questionable.

Another distinct difference between Ashlander and City Dunmer cooking is the concept of ‘plated’ meals versus one-pot meals. Ashlanders favor meals that can be cooked in large pots, possibly communal, and eaten with fingers or dipped bits of bread. There is an Ash Yam Loaf recipe and is probably the common bread type among the Ashlanders. Its main ingredients are Potato (Ash Yam) and Flour (unspecified type, but possibly local wild Whickwhaet).

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Dunmer Feild Cooking, not the racks of meat, bread, apples, and cooking pots. 

City Dunmer seems to prefer meals that separate ingredients and are served on individual plates or bowls. They are eaten with typical utensils, knife, fork, spoon, along with an individual drink as opposed to a water skein. Again this appearers to be due to the embracing of outside cultures’ influences.

Now, this all is mostly learned via interacting with the game world. Stepping back slightly and looking at player interpretation of Dunmer food and food culture expands our understating of City Dunmer cooking, while not really expanding Ashlander foodways much.

There is in-game precedence that Dunmer food is considered very spicy. There is also some precedence that Ashlander food is often seasoned with ash, specifically volcano ash. The game only provides “seasoning” as a generic catch-all category, however showing in-game spice markets with a variety of spices. These spice markets aren’t represented in Dunmer territories, and it’s entirely possible these markets only came into game-reality recently with a newer expansion for Northern Elsewyr. It could also be the games subtle way of showing the difference between food being Heat-Spicy versus being Seasoning-Spicy, ie, chilies vs. curry.

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With only “Dunmer food is spicy” and the 27-ish in-game recipes, players and ESO scholars have worked diligently to recreate the ‘taste’ and ‘flavor’ of Dunmer cooking, trying to find a real-world comparison to use aa guides. This has led to some very inters ting discussions about Who the Dunmer are based on IRL.

To my knowledge, ESO officially has never said who or what culture is based on in the real world. Which I think is smart as they appear to take elements from several cultures and weave them together to create a new in-game culture that is *almost* recognizable but still distinct on its own.

Speculation has picked several good IRL influences for the Dunmer. Two cultures that are regularly picked are Japanese and Indian food culture. This is based on the cannon spiciness of Dunmer food and the prevalence of rice dishes, bread, and bugs.

The bugs need a bit of explaining.

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Nix Hound looking noble

Kwama and Nix, the two major meat sources on Vvardenfell, are both fairly insect looking, though both drop either poultry or red meat. Scribs, which are the larva of Kwama, and Kwama eggs, are their own substances. Scribs producing Scrib Jelly and jerky and the eggs being used much like eggs IRL. So it’s not really that Dunmer *eat* bugs, as it is, their food sources look like insects.



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Kwama Eggs in a basket

That being said, it’s not uncommon for IRL food cultures to incorporate bug and larva into their diets. Who likes shrimp? Yeah.

So, what we’ve looked at here is the major foodstuffs available to the Dunmer and Ashlander food cultures. What we’ll look at next time, is the recipes themselves, both in-game, official cookbook, and player-made content.

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Hi! I’m an archaeologist who likes games, video games, gaming, horror, the supernatural, and debunking pseudoarchaeology. Check out my vids for more on the above topics, and toss us a coin if you like what I do.
Twitter – @ArchyFantasies
IG – @ArchyFantasies
Emai – ArchyFantasies@gmail.com. 
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If you want more on ArchaeoGaming check out the ArchaeoRPG channel  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi0v2MFRN_1DRXSlkzn4a2w for all your archaeology and gaming needs!

Bro-Ventures with Annelise Baer. Archaeological Fantasies ep 115

Today we talk with Annelise Baer about the Bro-Venture genre of adventure TV. We cover all the classics from Indiana Jones all the way to the most recent Unexplored and Unexplained. We talk about how these shows get made, and how they might evolve as TV switches to Streaming.

Hi! I’m an archaeologist who likes games, video games, gaming, horror, the supernatural, and debunking pseudoarchaeology. Check out my vids for more on the above topics, and toss us a coin if you like what I do.

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Let’s Play: Archaeologist sets up Data for Excavation in No Man’s Sky.

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This episode we’re figuring out how to take grid points from our ship, dream up ways to set up a grid, I wish my mom a happy birthday and clean up animal poop for profit.
Also, my mom calls and I have to defend my life choices.
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Check out Andrew Reinhard’s book ARCHAEOGAMING: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/R…
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Hi! I’m an archaeologist who likes games, video games, gaming, horror, the supernatural, and debunking pseudoarchaeology. Check out my vids for more on the above topics, and toss us a coin if you like what I do.
Twitter – @ArchyFantasies
IG – @ArchyFantasies
Emai – ArchyFantasies@gmail.com. 
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If you want more on ArchaeoGaming check out the ArchaeoRPG channel  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi0v2MFRN_1DRXSlkzn4a2w for all your archaeology and gaming needs!

ArchyFantasies in the time of Covid.

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Hello everyone! This is just a quick message about how we’re navigating the whole lock-down and our content.

Currently, it’s not affecting our production schedule, and so I don’t see a need to alter much here. I may be putting some things out directly to everyone instead of making non-members wait a week, but for the most part, I’m going to maintain things the way they are for now.

That said, I understand some people may not be able to maintain their support at this time, and as much as I hate to lose ppl, I COMPLETELY understand.

It was asked of me what our PayPal is for those who’d like to support us, but can’t do monthly amounts. So if that’s you (it doesn’t need to be) our PayPal email is ArchyFantasies@gmail.com.

Even if you can’t financially support us you can really help us out by liking and sharing our content where ever you encounter it! Reviews and interactions on our Blogs,  Pods, and Vlogs would be immensely helpful.

And lastly, please take care of yourself and the people around you! We’re all in this together.