We did a lot this year on the blog and the podcast, not to mention personally. We moved to Philadelphia, continued in grad school, went to several conferences, had a litter of kittens...On the ArchyFantasies side, we moved the Podcast to an independent platform, reached out to several new guests and hosts, really launched our... Continue Reading →
Today, Dr. Jennifer Raff is back with us to talk about some recent articles on genetics in archaeology. Particularly the discovery of a new genetic ancestor to early Americans and new evidence about the migration of early Americans. Show Notes: Jennifer Raff at Forbes Ancient DNA Reveals Yet More Complicated Histories In The Americas Posth et... Continue Reading →
Today we talk with Andrew Reinhard about his new book Archaeogaming: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games. We talk about the Atari ET dig, learn how Metaspace and Meat Space are similar, and talk a lot about No Man's Sky and Andrew's archaeological survey inside the game space. Show Notes and links... Continue Reading →
On episode 52 of the Archaeological Fantasies Podcast we talk about Mummies! We all think we know about the story of King Tut, but a lot of it was embellishment at the time, as well as confusing the story of Tut's discovery with stories of other mummies at the time. Ken, Jeb, and I... Continue Reading →
Episode 50 of the Archaeological Fantasies is live, and Ken and I were able to finally sit down with someone who knows quite a bit about the use of DNA and genetics in archaeology. Jennifer Raff, who's covered all this wonderfully over at her own blog Violent Metaphors, was just the podcast guest I've been looking for to help us sus out all the ins and outs of genetic evidence in archaeology
Context, as we know, is Queen, much like the GPS is God. When you chose to ignore context, you can make up anything you want and probably find something out there to support it. That doesn't make it true or correct, and the refusal to see that is just insulting at best. I've lost count of how many times I've seen or read some fringe theorists spouting off about how they know more about what a Native tradition "really meant" than the living decedents of that tradition. What's more is by trying to force traditions that aren't yours to fit your favorite story, you're missing out on actual information that is being conveyed via these rich and varied traditions.
Episode 29 of the Archaeology Fantasies Podcast is live. If you haven't given it a listen, go do it now! I apologize ahead of time for the fact that I can't say Sam Osmanagich's name correctly. We're talking about the Bosnian Pyramids. For those who don't know, the Bosnian Pyramids are not actual pyramids, they are a cluster... Continue Reading →
Pulitzer claims that he's found a Roman sword that is "100 per cent confirmed (Gadd 2015, Zolfagharifard 2015)" and that is "the smoking gun to his theory (Gadd 2015, Zolfagharifard 2015)". He says that the sword was discovered in a shipwreck just off the coast of Oak Island, and apparently made this announcement on the History Channel's show Curse of Oak Island (Gadd 2015, Zolfagharifard 2015).
It doesn't take long for this claim to start unraveling though, and unraveling in such a spectacular way at that.
The Archaeology Fantasies Podcast episode 10 is live, (so I might have skipped #9 by accident...oops) This episode Ken and I chew over the Coso Artifact. It's a fun episode since, as per the blog post on this topic, we already know what it really is. We still look over the origin story and the... Continue Reading →