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Join Anna and Amber, two friends and big nerds, as we get excited about all the weird, amazing, mysterious, and fascinating stories from our human past.

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Join Anna and Amber, two friends and big nerds, as we get excited about all the weird, amazing, mysterious, and fascinating stories from our human past.

    Five Stars' Worth of Fun with One Star Archaeology

    Five Stars' Worth of Fun with One Star Archaeology

    It's a bonus episode! Anna and Amber are joined by some of the wonderful folks at One Star Archaeology (Twitter: @1starchaeology, Instagram: @onestarchaeology) for dramatic readings of internet reviews of archaeological sites.
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    Merry Hyksmas! With Dr. Chris Stantis

    Merry Hyksmas! With Dr. Chris Stantis

    Seasons greetings! And by that we mean we're wrapping up 2020 by sitting down with Dr. Chris Stantis, who uses stable isotope analyses to learn how people lived in the ancient past. We discuss the real story of the Hyksos Dynasty during the Second Intermediate Period in Egypt. Were they the pushy invaders they've been made out to be? Or is there more to the story? (There's more to the story). Not only ALL THIS, but Dr. Stantis convinces Amber and Anna to love those pesky little atoms--stable isotopes!
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    Who were the Hyksos? Challenging traditional narratives using strontium isotope (87Sr/86Sr) analysis of human remains from ancient Egypt (PLOSOne)

    The Foreigner as Scapegoat: Lessons from Ancient Egypt and Today (Chris Naughton dot com)

    Additionally, Dr. Stantis has the following recommendations for those interested in learning more about the Hyksos:

    The Ascendancy of the Kushite Kingdom of Kerma in the Post Middle Kingdom Era: Revisiting the Second Intermediate Period of Ancient Egypt (Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley)

    Dr. Danielle Candelora’s research on Hyksos and “race” in scholarship

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Show and Tell Abraq

    Show and Tell Abraq

    This week, Amber takes Anna on a guided tour of her beloved Arabia. Learn about the varied mountains, deserts, and oases that are nowhere near as empty or inactive as Western explorers might have you believe. We examine the archaeology of Tell Abraq, get scammed by a guy named Ea-Nasir, solve the mystery of Magan (hint: not actually a mystery), and share insights from skeletal remains about community care and compassion thousands of years ago. Disappointingly, we still don't know what Dilmun onions are.
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    Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Theatrical Trailer (YouTube)

    The Archaeology of Prehistoric Arabia: Adaptation and Social Formation from the Neolithic to the Iron Age (via WorldCat)

    The Seafaring Merchants of Ur (Journal of the American Oriental Society)

    Meet The Worst Businessman Of The 18th Century BC (Forbes)

    Ancient Magan: The Secrets of Tell Abraq (Ancient Ports - Ports Antiques)

    Before the Emirates: an Archaeological and Historical Account of Developments in the Region c. 5000 BC to 676 AD (from United Arab Emirates: A New Perspective)

    Lesley of Tell Abraq (Bronze Age 2400 - 2000 BC) (Sketchfab)

    Bioarchaeology of compassion: Exploring extreme cases of pathology in a Bronze Age skeletal population from Tell Abraq, U.A.E. (Digital Scholarship@UNLV)

    Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun (UNESCO)

    Looking for Dilmun (Archive.org)

    Young Woman With Disabilities Found In Artifact-Packed Bronze Age Burial (Forbes) - cn, images of human remains

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    Mausoleum? I hardly know 'em!

    Mausoleum? I hardly know 'em!

    This week, Amber and Anna delve into the massive site of the first Chinese Emperor's burial complex. Were there flowing rivers of mercury? Maybe. Are there thousands of terra cotta soldiers? Definitely. Do we understand how metal detectors work? Kind of! Plus, some thumb-related Art Crime, and Anna finally apologizes for attributing Hey Ya to Snoop Dogg when it is absolutely by Outkast. How embarrassing. WARNING: Episode contains spoilers for Waiting for Godot.
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    Who was the Chinese emperor behind the terra-cotta warriors? (National Geographic)

    The Mercury Rivers of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (Skeptoid)

    Flowing rivers of mercury (Chemistry World)

    Mercury and health (World Health Organization)

    Making the Warrior: The Qin Terracotta Soldiers in Age of Empires (The Met)

    Chinese terra cotta warriors had real, and very carefully made, weapons (Washington Post)

    What You Need to Know About the Terra-Cotta Warrior's Stolen Thumb (National Geographic)

    The army that conquered the world (BBC Culture)

    The Secret Tomb of China's 1st Emperor: Will We Ever See Inside? (LiveScience)

    Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (UNESCO)

    Surface chromium on Terracotta Army bronze weapons is neither an ancient anti-rust treatment nor the reason for their good preservation (Nature)

    Archaeologists Excavate 200 More Chinese Terracotta Warriors (Smithsonian)


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    BMAC: The Best Bronze Age Complex You've Never Heard Of

    BMAC: The Best Bronze Age Complex You've Never Heard Of

    This week, Anna and Amber head to ancient Central Asia for a sponsored episode in which they explore the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex. Come along and learn why there’s BMAC stuff all over the place! Visit Gonur and the man that wants to be buried in its deserts! Consider the who and the why of the BMAC and its collapse (psst it wasn’t a collapse)! Meet some Horse Guys!
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    Bactria (Encyclopedia Iranica)

    Margiana (Livius)

    Archaeology Wordsmith

    Central and North Asia, 2000–1000 B.C. (Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History)

    Art of the Bronze Age: Southeastern Iran, Western Central Asia, and the Indus Valley (via Google Books)

    Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex objects in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection

    On the Origin of Metallurgical Technologies in the Bronze Age (Powder Metallurgy and Metal Ceramics)

    The Middle Asian Interaction Sphere (Expedition)

    Central Asia's Lost Civilization (Discover)

    The Roots of Hinduism: The Early Aryans and The Indus Civilization (Oxford University Press)

    Early evidence for horse utilization in the Eurasian steppes and the case of the Novoil’inovskiy 2 Cemetery in Kazakhstan (Journal of Archaeological Science)

    What Language Was Spoken by the People of the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex? (“At the Shores of the Sky": Asian Studies for Albert Hoffstädt)

    The Formation of Human Populations in South and Central Asia (Science)

    Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of the Oxus Civilization in Southern Central Asia (Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road)

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    Fish People

    Fish People

    This week, Anna and Amber bring you the result of episode planning by two hosts who have had a VERY long year and who refuse to back down from a dumb joke. We're talking Mersons of Interest, aquatic apes, men who wear fish, and more! Make sure to listen through the end for...what can only be described as a musical masterpiece.
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    Are mermaids real? (NOAA National Ocean Service)

    Did Human Evolution Include a Semi-Aquatic Phase? (The Scientist [not the Coldplay song])

    The African ape-like foot of Ardipithecus ramidus and its implications for the origin of bipedalism (Elife)

    The Neanderthal Ear—Prone to Irritating Infections (Sapiens)

    Fantastically Wrong: The Murderous, Sometimes Sexy History of the Mermaid (Wired)

    An Archaeological Puzzle on the Danube (The New York Times)

    Lepenski Vir (Atlas Obscura)

    The genomic history of southeastern Europe (Nature)

    The Ichthyophagi: Fishing for Monstrosity in Alexander Romances (EsoterX)

    Olaus Magnus (Strange Science)

    Olaus Magnus, A Description of the Northern Peoples, 1555: Volume III, Volume 3 (via Google Books)

    The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art (via Google Books)

    Neo-Assyrian fish-apkallu wall panel relief (British Museum)

    Neo-Assyrian apkallu figurine (British Museum)

    Berossus on the Creation (Livius)

    Oannes: The Best Evidence for Ancient Aliens? (Jason Colavito)

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4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

AngelaSweeting ,

A delighttt

A mix of all nice science things and all nice friend things. A joy! A lesson! A delight!

ztdnnord ,

Informative and puntastic!

Both Amber and Anna are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about archaeology and anthropology. The topics they tackle range from poop (coprolites!) to the ethical treatment of human remains.

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Fun facts!

This podcast is funny and informative! I’m doing a PhD in archaeology and they cover my areas of expertise well, and update me about areas I don’t know as well! Lots of laughs too :)

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