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An original podcast brought to you by the graduate students of the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University. Join us once a month as we explore the human experience!

    S4E5 – Interview with Dr. Gremillion (Paleoethnobotany)

    S4E5 – Interview with Dr. Gremillion (Paleoethnobotany)

    What can we learn from paleofeces (a.k.a. dried ancient feces)? In this episode, we talk with archaeologist and paleoethnobotanist Dr. Kris Gremillion, and discuss her research with Native American plant remains in the caves and rock shelters of eastern Kentucky. She covers topics including: understanding the origins and development of agricultural systems, the challenges of working with plant remains, and how understanding ancient plants could help fight food insecurity in the future.

    • 14 min
    S4E4 - Interview with Dr. Downey (Ecological Anthropology)

    S4E4 - Interview with Dr. Downey (Ecological Anthropology)

    Do you know the origins of the term "slash and burn agriculture"? In this episode we talk with Dr. Sean Downey, an ecological anthropologist who works in Belize. Dr. Downey describes the colonial view that led to the term "slash and burn" for the practice that many anthropologists and ecologists prefer to call, "Swidden" agriculture. Dr. Downey's research asks the questions, "how do community social norms lead to sustainable forest outcomes, even under the clearing regimes that they use to provide subsistence for their families?"

    Listen to this episode to find out more about how Dr. Downey conducts his research, and preliminary results!

    • 19 min
    S4E4 - Interview with Dr. Steadman (Forensic Anthropology)

    S4E4 - Interview with Dr. Steadman (Forensic Anthropology)

    Do raccoons have a preference on what they scavenge? How does our environment and what we consume in our lifetime affect how we decompose? In this bonus episode, we talk with forensic anthropologist Dr. Dawnie Wolfe- Steadman, and hear about her research at the Forensic Anthropology Center at University of Tennessee, Knoxville (a.k.a The Body Farm) where she works with donated bodies to inform science and criminal justice. From this, we recognize Anthropology's multiple disciplines and raise the broader questions about the human body and culture.

    • 15 min
    Bonus Episode with Dr. Bruce Floyd: Populating Polynesia

    Bonus Episode with Dr. Bruce Floyd: Populating Polynesia

    Have you ever stuck your hand in cold water and watched it prune? In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Bruce Floyd of the University of Auckland. After describing his circuitous path to anthropology, Dr. Floyd describes his research studying "cold induced vasodilation response (CIVD)" as a hypotheses for understanding the Peopling of the Pacific. How does this relate to prune-y hands? Listen to find out...

    • 20 min
    Bonus Episode with Dr. Amara Solari: Idolizing Mary in the Pre-Colombian Yucatan

    Bonus Episode with Dr. Amara Solari: Idolizing Mary in the Pre-Colombian Yucatan

    In this bonus episode, we interview Dr. Amara Solari of Penn State University and discovery the intersection between art and anthropology in the Pre-Colombian Yucatan. Dr. Solari discusses the transition of Mayan culture to Christianity, including the adoption and idolization of the Virgin Mary.

    To read her book: https://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-08332-8.html

    • 25 min
    S4E3 - Interview with Dr. Field (Archaeology)

    S4E3 - Interview with Dr. Field (Archaeology)

    How do islands preserve the past? How do humans transform their environments? In this episode, we talk with archaeologist Dr. Julie Field, and hear about her research in the Pacific Islands with population growth and the trajectory of environmental change. By speaking on diversity of biology, culture, and thought, we can study where we have been and answer the question of "where are we going?" (Bonus: Learn a new knock-knock joke!)

    • 13 min

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