Story Archaeology combines the breadth of knowledge and skills of the storyteller with academic exploration of ancient texts. We focus on the Irish tradition, peeling back the layers of modern folklore to unearth the potsherds and treasuries of our heritage. At https://storyarchaeology.com, you will find regular podcasts and articles about Irish Mythology by the Story Archaeologists; Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody.
Chris’ Ramble 3: Is This Not a Story Worth the Telling?
Join Chris on her ramble through the landscape of early Irish story and discover why many of the best stories contain the environmental messages which are still highly relevant today.
Links for this ramble.
* Circling the Táin: seven Story Archaeology podcast episodes.
* Cath Maige Tuired: six Story Archaeology podcast episodes.
* Stories in the Landscape Conversations: A conversation with Professor Patrick Nunn.
Scottish and Irish ‘landscape’ stories: with Professor Patrick Nunn
The Isle of Harris. Yes, the sea can be this blue!
Every community has folk tales to share, but do some of these stories encode ancient memories of climate change? This short podcast conversation with Professor Nunn focuses on stories from the North west coast of Ireland and Scotland that may have been told far longer than we might imagine. Listen, and then discover more in Professor Nunn's recent paper 'First a wudd, and syne a sea:' recently published in the Scottish Geographical Journal.
Lough Gill, Sligo / Leitrim
Read Professor Nunn's paper:
First a wudd, and syne a sea: postglacial coastal change of Scotland recalled in ancient stories
Today I was fortunate enough to attend a webinar presented by Professor Nunn and hosted by the University of the Highlands and Islands. Here is the You Tube link to the webinar..
Islands Matter Webinar 2 'First a wudd, and syne a sea: Scottish stories of memorable landscape change in their global context' with Professor Patrick Nunn. Recorded on the 20 October 2022.
Patrick Nunn was a Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report (Working Group I) of the IPCC and a Lead Author for its 6th Assessment Report (Working Group II). His 2021 book, Worlds in Shadow: Submerged Lands in Science, Memory and Myth, is published by Bloomsbury Sigma.
A Conversation with Professor Patrick Nunn
Patrick Nunn is the Professor of Geography at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. He is a leading climate change scientist, author, and a specialist on how stories from oral traditions may have encoded memories of geological and oceanic change from around seven thousand years ago. Join Chris and Patrick as they discuss, remarkable oral story transmission, illustrated by 'climate change' stories from Australia, the Pacific Islands, and, Ireland. And, at last, I get to hear scientific evidence of the, highly probable, antiquity and importance of the dindshenchas story of Sinann. I have been looking forward to this conversation since 2015!Links for this episode
Patrick Nunn is the Author of Edge of Memory and Worlds in Shadow, both books I very highly recommend.
Listen to The Story Of Sinann podcast.
Chris’ Ramble 2: David and Goliath, Meet Lugh and Balor
Some reflections on a journey to discover Irish stories.
Join Chris as she explores Irish oral story transmission and wonders if even stories sometimes need careful map makers to prevent them them from being lost.
Links for this episode
If you would like to find out more about the infamous Giraldus Cambrensis
* Find out about his 'map making'.* Find out a bit more about his opinion on Ireland
Or just join in and tell him yourself!
Read Edge of Memory: The Geology of Folk Tales and Climate Change by Patrick Nunn
I will be sharing a Stories in the Landcape conversation with Professor Nunn very soon.
And from the Story Archaeology Archive
* Colmcille and the Youth at Carn Eolairg* Manannán's Prophecy of Mongán* Listen to the podcast: Immrám Brain Mac Febul
A new conversation with Professor Ralph Kenna
Join Chris and Ralph, professor of Statistical Physics and enthusiastic comparative mythologist, as they enjoy discussing the ongoing ÉIRÍ project, 'Evoking Ireland's Resiliant female Icons', and discover how you, too, can add to some exciting and unusual research as well as discovering more about Ralph's upcoming Myths and Maths projects.
Links for this episode.
* Find out how to enter the arts competion and add your own research.* Read the articles from the Irish Post.* Support pack for schools. * Celebrating Women in Irish Mythology. - Who will you choose?
Chris’ Ramble 1: Mercator the map maker and the Tuatha Dé Danann
Find out more about these new posts, 'Chris' Rambles'.
Join Chris as she sets off, aided by an unusual sixteenth century map, encounters an excentric English polymath with big ambitions, and with the help of a medieval Irish monk, discovers a fresh view of the arrival of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
And a good ramble is always best shared so please feel free to join in.
Supporting links for this episode.
* Explore the map in an easily searchable format* The Beauty of Maps: The programmes are not currently available on BBB i-player but there are trailers.* View a short You tube video about the map from the Map House of London.* John Dee, King Arthur, and the Conquest of the Arctic by Thomas Green Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford published in the Journal, 'The Heroic Age'.* A Letter Dated 1577 from Mercator to John Dee by E. G. R. Taylor This is a Jstor paper requiring sign in to access but limited numbers papers can be read online without cost.* The Battle of Motura: The Arrival of the Tuatha Dé Danann* Further information on Hugh of Ireland and the map
Brilliant storytelling looking at where these stories came from. An excellent source for anyone interested in Irish myths and ledgands.
A hidden gem
This podcast deserves to be better known among those interested in Irish Mythology.
I'm not sure how I missed this podcast until now. Two of my most favourite subjects, Irish mythology and archaeology, what more could you want!