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We dig deeper so you don’t have to. News, views, people & ideas from the world of prehistoric archaeology.

The Prehistory Guys Michael Bott and Rupert Soskin

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We dig deeper so you don’t have to. News, views, people & ideas from the world of prehistoric archaeology.

    #34 The Cornish Bird | INTERVIEW with Elizabeth Dale - The Stones & Hidden Wonders of Cornwall

    #34 The Cornish Bird | INTERVIEW with Elizabeth Dale - The Stones & Hidden Wonders of Cornwall

    Elizabeth Dale A.K.A. 'The Cornish Bird' can trace her heritage in Cornwall back more than 500 years. As you probably know, from a megalithic point of view, Cornwall is one of the most densely packed areas in the whole of the UK and if you visit Lizzie's blog 'The Cornish Bird' https://cornishbirdblog.com, you're sure to find her writing beautifully about ancient sites both familiar and strange, many well off the beaten track. For a change we thought you'd love to hear from someone who's approach is not academic, someone who appreciates the stones for their own sakes - as they stand in and characterise the landscape in which she lives.

    • 51 min
    Living in the Iron Age | Caroline Nicolay & Tom Timbrell | PODCAST #33

    Living in the Iron Age | Caroline Nicolay & Tom Timbrell | PODCAST #33

    It was an absolute delight talking with Caroline & Tom about their insights into what it was like living in the Iron Age. This is archaeology from the other end of the barrel; actually living and working with the available foods, materials, pigments and technology gives an insight into prehistoric life that simply looking at archaeological remains cannot. The depth of archaeological knowledge these two have, coupled with their experience of hands-on dealing with the realities of day-to-day Iron Age life, illuminates not only a period just before the Romans arrived, but probably way before that, the Bronze Age and maybe even the Neolithic.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    SEREN GRIFFITHS | Science in Archaeology | PODCAST #32

    SEREN GRIFFITHS | Science in Archaeology | PODCAST #32

    We met Seren in 2019 at the Prehistoric Society’s 'Landscapes of the Dead' conference at the Society of Antiquaries in London where she gave a fantastic talk. In fact, the first thing Rupert said to Michael after her presentation was that he really wished she had been one of his lecturers!

    It really is no surprise that Seren was the youngest person ever to be invited to give the very prestigious Golson Lecture at Australia National University in Canberra in 2018.

    Seren's specialities are science in archaeology and public archaeology, and her work on the mesolithic neolithic transition is something we’re interested in as well. However, we're particularly fascinated by what she has to say about a site that we're slightly (infamously!) connected to - Bryn Celli Ddu. Together with Ffion Reynolds, she has been lead archaeologist on the excavations there over the last 5 years.

    • 57 min
    Duncan Garrow | Neolithic Argonauts, Grave Goods & Crannogs | PODCAST #31 |

    Duncan Garrow | Neolithic Argonauts, Grave Goods & Crannogs | PODCAST #31 |

    We do try to bring you wide ranging areas of study and this month we’re delighted to be joined by Professor Duncan Garrow of Reading University

    We met Duncan at the Landscapes of the Dead conference back in November 2019 and knew we had to get him on the show. Apart from being a great speaker, he is another frontline archaeologist who makes you reconsider all sorts of things you thought you knew.

    Duncan Garrow teaches later European prehistory (with a particular focus on Britain) and archaeological theory. His research interests include the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition; long-term histories of deposition; burial practices; the interpretive potential of radiocarbon dating; the integration of developer-funded and university-based archaeology; archaeological theory; and interdisciplinary approaches to material culture.

    In this interview, we grill him about Neolithic 'argonauts' and migrations across the Channel and the western seaways, Rupert's favourite: crannogs - and the amazing UK Grave Goods project he is involved with in assocation with the British Museum.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    A NEW POTTERY DATING TECHNIQUE | Prehistory Guys Investigate | PODCAST #30

    A NEW POTTERY DATING TECHNIQUE | Prehistory Guys Investigate | PODCAST #30

    True to form, The Prehistory Guys chase down another media headline to find the hidden treasure! In this case, news of a new date for old London conceals the real story: the first use of a new and exciting archaeological dating technique for pottery.

    • 15 min
    AUBREY BURL 1926-2020 | A short appreciation

    AUBREY BURL 1926-2020 | A short appreciation

    We were saddened to learn of the passing of the great archaeologist. For megalithic enthusiasts, his influence has been profound and that holds true for us and the podcasts and films we make. We couldn't let the moment pass without saying a few words.

    • 11 min

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Who knew archeological and megalithic news could be so fun? Drawing on formal research news plus their own knowledge, site visits and friendship, Michael and Rupert discuss, ponder and chuckle their way through interesting/curious/unusual topics in their monthly romp across the ancient global landscape.
Also appreciate the accompanying short films of superb quality with atmospheric soundtrack, web posts, great photographs and social media activity. Shout out to Michael’s dog who sometimes contributes his delightful dogginess to the proceedings :-)
Can’t wait for Standing With Stones 2.0!

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