Holy Newark Stones, Batman! The Archaeology Fantasies Podcast, Ep 7

A picture of “The Decalogue”, one of several artifacts associated with the Newark Holy Stones. J. Huston McCulloch. image via Wiki Commons.

Episode 7 of the Archaeology Fantasy podcast is live, and we’re talking about the Newark Holy Stones this time. Ken and I were able to pull in two experts in the stones, Jeff Gill and Brad Lepper.

They give us a new look at the stones. Gill and Lepper paint a picture of the stones that’s quite different from the ridiculous hoax and create an image that is actually quite noble. This podcast really changed the way I see the Newark Holy Stones, and I hope listeners can take that away too.

A picture of “The Keystone”, one of several artifacts associated with the Newark Holy Stones. J. Huston McCulloch. Image via Wiki Commons

Give the episode a listen and then send us a comment. Rate us on Itunes or Stitcher (or where ever), and send us your questions or comments to Archyfatasies@gmail.com.

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The Archaeology Fantasies Podcast is Two Months Old! Get Caught-Up Now!

In January we launched the Archaeology Fantasies Podcast over at the Archaeology Podcast Network. It’s Co-hosted by Sara H. and Dr. Kenneth Feder, who is the author of Dubious Archaeology and Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries, and they deconstruct a variety of pseudoarchaeology topics. It’s been two months now and the show just continues to get better, if I may say so myself. Seeing that we’ve got several episodes in the can, I wanted to recap them and let all of you get a chance to get caught up.

DEBUNKING PSEUDO-ARCHAEOLOGY – EPISODE 1

The intro episode where we discussed what exactly pseudoarchaeology is and how Cult Science influences the average archaeology enthusiasts. We talk about how the media is out for ratings and not so much to inform, and how that is actually making it more difficult to correct misconceptions about archaeology.

THE GENETIC DISK – EPISODE 2

Ken gets introduced to one of the more popular pseudoarchaeology topics on the internet right now in the form of the Genetic Disk. We discuss how pseudoarchaeologists try to lend validity to a fraudulent artifact by attempting to use actual scientists by quoting them way out of context. We show what happens when those same scientists find out their being misquoted, and we go over Ken’s check-list for how to spot pseudoarchaeology.

FRINGE ARCHAEOLOGY AND GIANTS – EPISODE 3

We delve a little deeper into the fringe and start to explore the world of Giants. There’s been a lot of talk about them lately so we thought we’d examine why they are so popular, and why there is exactly no evidence supporting their existence.

THOSE MYSTERIOUS MOUND BUILDERS – EPISODE 4

We examine the recent revival of the Mound Builder Myth. Ken walks us through the origins of the myth and how Cyrus Thomas proved the mounds were built by Native Americans. We discuss why there is a modern revival of the myth and what’s contributing to it. We also encourage everyone to take a mound to lunch and go visit your local mound parks.

GLOBAL FLOODS AND NOAH’S ARK – EPISODE 5

We start to wade into the murky waters of the Creationism by tackling the global flood myth and the story of Noah’s Ark. We explain what kinds of geological and archaeological evidence we would expect to see if the global myth was true, and how we see exactly the opposite.

We’ve got a lot of great content coming up, including interviews with a variety of experts and researchers. With two episodes a month coming out on Mondays, there’s a lot to hear and learn. Get caught up now before you get too far behind. There’s not much more I can say except, Go listen and comment!

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Debunking Pseudo-Archaeology – Episode 1

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Join Sara and Ken as they introduce the Archaeological Fantasies podcast. This show will release every other week on Mondays. Please, subscribe, like, and comment below.

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Mound Builders, Staying Cool, and Gen Con!!! Weekly Roundup for 7/12/13.

Hey Everyone! I’m back! Seriously.

As you all probably know, I just spent a lovely six weeks living in a very small dorm room and digging out at the Angel Mounds Site in Evansville, Indiana. This was a great experience, and it’s not over yet. I am currently working on a project involving interpreting the Magnetometer data from the site. I’m already knee deep in the Lit Review, and it hit me a about a week after I got back, this cycle of Lit Reviews is pretty much how my life is going to be until I retire. So Woo. Actually I’m pretty excited about it. It’s nice to put my education to work, and it’s even better having it tie into my GIS focus.

While I was there I had my first legit encounter with a Native American Representative group. The Woodland Alliance came out to see us after a rather uniformed and unflattering article made it into the local paper in Evansville. I’ll hold off my usual rant against lazy reporting and bad media practices. However, my group was on the receiving end of this debacle this time, which was rather unpleasant.

The Woodland Alliance folks were alright; they came out to talk with our Supervisors a few times, and made suggestions about how to interpret some of our findings.  I’m not sure how I feel about the whole thing really; I was surprised that they hadn’t been notified about the dig in the first place, especially since it was a state park. Secondly, I was uncomfortable with communication that occurred between our groups once we were face to face. It seemed kind of strained, and exclusive. Thirdly, because of the article, there was a lot of misunderstanding as to what was and wasn’t found at the site, and what we were doing out there. Also, I don’t completely understand the reasons behind some of the requests the Woodland Alliance made of us; fortunately, it wasn’t up to me to make the final decision. Still, it was a good experience to have, I’ve learned quite a bit from it, and I look forward to using that in future encounters.

But I’m back in my own home, and I think I have this Lit Review thing down. I’m back in my office, and well, I feel slightly more energized about archaeology all over again.

That said, let’s look at what’s coming up for ye ’ol ArchyFantasies!

The Mysterious Mound Builders.

While I was out at the mounds, I learned that the mounds hadn’t always been attributed to early Native peoples.  Which is entirely not surprising, considering the times. However, as I did a little digging into the history of the study of the Mound Builders, I found that even today some people still don’t attribute the mounds to early native peoples. So, I decide to take up this challenge and see if I can set some facts straight. Look for posts in this series in the near future.

CRM Archaeology Podcast and Staying Cool

Chris Webster, with Dig Tech, podcast is still going strong. I haven’t been on in a while, but don’t let that stop you from listing. This last week the group talked about how to stay safe in the heat while working in the field and why Per Deium is paid the way it is sometimes. It’s a great podcast with a great discussion group and fun rants. Go subscribe if you haven’t yet.

Also, Bill White over at Succint Reserch made a great PDF on how to stay cool while digging.

ArchyFantasies Podcast

My own Podcast is in the works. Currently, I have selected intro music and have almost settled on a format. Look for it in August or September. I will be having a Q&A section, so if you have any questions you’d like me to try and answer, go ahead and email them to too me ArchyFantasies@gmail.com.  Be sure to put ‘Podcast’ or ‘Question’ in the Subject line, just to help me out. You can tweet them to me to @archyfantasies on Twitter.

Last but not Least!

GENCON!!!!

I will be at GenCon for the third year in a row! *Yay! Fanfare and all that!*

I’m giving two talks this year, I’m experimenting with Noon times, so brown bag it if you want too.

SEM1341415 Archaeology Vs Pseudo-Archaeology – Friday, August 15th at 12:00 pm

–        Ever wonder what Archaeologists really do in the first place? Or what Cult Science is? Come find out with your friendly neighborhood Archaeologist. We’ll examine this & much more! (This is my regular intro talk, but I’ve changed things up a bit if you still want to come.)

SEM1341416 Archy Vs. Ancient Aliens – Saturday, August 16th at 12:00 PM

–       Ancient Aliens is one of the History Channel’s most popular shows, but how accurate is it really? We’ll examine some of the recent claims from the show and discuss how factual they really are. (This one is for my advanced audience.)

Oddly enough, even though I don’t charge for this, it always ‘sells-out’, which really makes my weekend. Maybe if I can get enough people registered, they’ll quit putting me in the furthest room from the convention center? It could happen.

Anyway, hope you’re all as glad to see me back as I am to be back, and I hope to see a good number of you at GenCon this year. Don’t forget to send me questions for the Podcast, and go listen to the CRM Archaeology Podcast for a look at what I do for a living.

An Update from Field

Or rather it will be.

Lots of high energy things have been going on here at ArchyFantasies Central. Unfortunately, between all of that and a massive attack of writers block, I haven’t posted in a while. Sorry for that.

However, we’re going to get back on track!

For those keeping count, I’ve got my classes all straightener out, got a massive lit review to write, plus a 6 week field school that is going to start in about two weeks…that hasn’t sunk in yet.

I’ll be blogging from the field, as much as I’m able. Hopefully we’ll find some interesting information. I think I get to play with the ground penetrating radar, and some magnetometry and resistivity testing. Should be a ton of fun.

I figure I got one more week to build up my stores of posts, and then we’ll resume regular postings in the beginning of May.

May is a big month, stick with me!

To tide you over listen to the newest CRM Archaeology Posdcast Ep 6!

Interesting things that have happened this week.

Firstly, we’ve records and ArcheoWebby has post the new podcast I’m going to be on. You can find it over at Random Acts of Science, aka Dig Tech. You can find the podcast here. We talk a lot about looters and public archaeology with Chirs, Doug, and myself. Personally I had a blast making this podcast, and I can’t wait to do more. 

Also check out Doug’s blog over at Doug’s Archaeology and Chris’ blog over at Random Acts of Science/ DigTech

Secondly, HOLY CRAP my blog blew up! Srly, 750+ views today and still counting! I’m not sure who gave me the bump, but thanks a bunch!

Thirdly, Since I was checking my exploding views today I wanted to see what people were looking at, and apparently everyone is fascinated with the Coso Artifact. I’m glad everyone enjoy’s my write up on the little Spark-plug that could. It was fun to write about, and yah, it’s cool how it formed and all that. Feel free to lave me questions about it if you have any.

So that’s pretty much it for the week. I needed the down time to catch up with some school work and all. But, the  next week we’ll be back on schedule  no worries. Till then go listen to my awesome  podcast and rate us. Oh, and thanks for visiting!

Podcasts, Podcasts, Maker -Scouts: Weekly Round-Up 2/10/2013

I don’t really have a whole lot to report this wee, but not because nothing is going on. On the contrary, quite a bit is happening here.

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Chris Webber over at Random Acts of Science has invited me to be on his CRM Podcast . He’s re-worked the format for the podcast and there are several panel members, so there should be some great conversation about archaeology and the world of CRM. We’re actually recording the first episode today, so expect a giddy, self-promoting post in a few days! In the mean time check out Chris’ blog and enjoy!

I’m also working with my local CFI family group here to start our own Guild of Maker Scouts. We’re going to be coding and building robots before we know it, and many other science related things. I supper stoked about this. I really wish this had been available to me as a kid, but now I can provide this for other kids. My dad did the best he could with a chemistry set  and the computer, now it’s time to up the game and take Lego’s to the next level!

And school is still ongoing, I’ve got a ton more reading to do about GIS and planning projects, but I’ve almost got it down, just in time to write a midterm report! Yay!

So keep an eye out for the podcast and think about starting your own Maker Scouts Guild.

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