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Carlton Gover, Connor Johnen and David Howe are three friends that went to graduate school together and decided to start a podcast. Join them once a month for witty conversation, amazing guests, and a bit of profanity - all in the name of science. Join them in their lives in ruins.

A Life In Ruins APN - Carlton Gover, Connor Johnen, and David Howe

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Carlton Gover, Connor Johnen and David Howe are three friends that went to graduate school together and decided to start a podcast. Join them once a month for witty conversation, amazing guests, and a bit of profanity - all in the name of science. Join them in their lives in ruins.

    Ancient Civ: Central America with Dr. David S. Anderson

    Ancient Civ: Central America with Dr. David S. Anderson

    On this episode of A Life In Ruins Podcast, we are joined by an early A Life in Ruins guest, Dr. David S. Anderson, to talk about the Origins of early states in Mesoamerica. Dr. Anderson first appeared on our show in episode 11 to talk about pseudoscience in archaeology, and we are excited to have him back on the show to discuss with us the real perpetrators of Central American megalithic structures and ceremonial centers. Dr. Anderson enlightens us about theories surrounding the emergence of complex civilization in Central America and then we delve into the Olmec and other Preclassic civilizations. We then get our minds blown about the size/scope of the El Tigre Pyramid and discuss some other Late Preclassic Maya sites. Dr. Anderson then teaches us about all things Maya.
    Literature Recommendations

    Olmec Archaeology and Early Mesoamerica by Christopher Pool

    The First Maya Civilization: Ritual and Power Before the Classic Period by Francisco Estrada-Belli

    Discovering the Olmecs: An Unconventional History by David C. Grove

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    Arrrgh Ruined Lives with Maddy McAllister and Jamie Goodall

    Arrrgh Ruined Lives with Maddy McAllister and Jamie Goodall

    In this episode of we have the pleasure of hosting the most fan-requested crossover: The Shipwreck Mermaid and the Pirate Historian. Dr. Maddy McAllister, aka the Shipwreck Mermaid, is a Maritime archaeology Curator based out of Australia. Dr. Jamie Goodall is a staff historian with the US government. They are both popular social media personalities on Twitter and Instagram. We discuss their respective careers and how they use primary source data and archaeological reports. We discuss Black Jack Anderson and the lack of famous pirates near Australia. Dr. Goodall enlightens us with more information about Zheng Yi Sao and we chat about if it's possible to see evidence of piracy in shipwrecks. Dr. McAllister and Dr. Goodall end the episode with advice for students interested in maritime archaeology or maritime history.
    Literature recommendations:
    1) X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy edited by Russell K. Skowronek and Charles R. Ewen
    2) Pieces of Eight: More Archaeology of Piracy edited by Russell K. Skowronek and Charles R. Ewen
    3) Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever by Rebecca Simon
    4) The Alliance of Pirates: Ireland and Atlantic piracy in the early seventeenth century by Connie Kelleher
    5) Unfinished Voyages: Western Australian Shipwrecks 1622-1850 by Graeme Henderson
    Guest Contact
    Dr. Goodall's Instagram and Twitter: @l_historienne
    Dr. Goodall's Website: jamiegoodall.com
    Dr. McAllister's Instagram: @shipwreckmermaid
    Dr. McAllister's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maddy.mcallister.10 and https://www.facebook.com/shipwreckmermaid/
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    Of Mammoths and Hand Sprays with Dr. Madeline Mackie

    Of Mammoths and Hand Sprays with Dr. Madeline Mackie

    On this episode of ALiRP, we interview our friend and colleague, Dr. Madeline Mackie. Dr. Mackie just began her position as an assistant professor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
    Dr. Mackie studies Paleoindian lifeways and big game hunting, as well as ochre hand sprays. We met Dr. Mackie at the University of Wyoming, where she dealt with our numerous shenanigans.
    We start off by talking about her experiences growing up in Southern California and then delve into her MA research on hand sprays in Wyoming. Dr. Mackie then talks about the La Prele Mammoth site and we kind of nerd out about the finds. She then talks about post-doc life and the jobs market.
    Literature Recommendations:

    Anything by Dr. George Frison

    The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us About Our Future by Dr. Robert L. Kelly

    The Lifeways of Hunter-Gatherers: The Foraging Spectrum by Dr. Robert L. Kelly

    The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into A Job by Karen Kelsky

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    Ancient Civ - Indus Valley with Stefan Milo

    Ancient Civ - Indus Valley with Stefan Milo

    On this episode of A Life in Ruins, we continue our series on ancient civilization and discuss Indus Valley Civilizations and their precursors. We have Stefan Milo join us to discuss this region. Stefan Milo is a popular Youtuber who has appeared on episodes 20 and 43. He made a video on an Indus Valley Civilization where he discusses the interesting lack of social hierarchy found in this civilization (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxP1zornb-w). We struggle with geography, time periods, and basically everything in this episode but also discuss social hierarchy/structure.
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    Ancient Civ: South America

    Ancient Civ: South America

    We celebrate our 69th episode by investigating the rise of early state civilizations in South America. The four early states that we cover are Norte Chico, Chavin, Nazca, and of course, Moche. This episode is a wild ride of pyramids, ceremonial complexes, severed heads, and Moche sex pots.
    Sprinkled throughout the episode are references to Star Wars, Civilization, SAA conferences, South Park, Rick and Morty, and a shoutout to The Dirt Podcast.
    Literature recommendations:
    1) Ancient Civilizations by Chris Scarre & Brian M. Fagan, 4th edition
    2) Archaeology by Robert L. Kelly & David Hurst Thomas, 7th Edition
    3) Archaeology and Human History by Deborah I. Olszewski
    4) Skeleton Sex Pots by Steve Nash. Sapiens Anthropology Magazine.
    5) Dirt Podcast on the Nazca
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    Ancient Civ: Origins

    Ancient Civ: Origins

    Buckle up for an episode on the theory of the rise of early states and ancient civilizations. Episode 68 sets the stage for a series investigating early civilizations across the globe. We break down Elman Service and Lewis Henry Morgan's theories on cultural complexity and go through a couple of definitions for "civilization". Think that's going to be boring? Well just wait, we even talk about primary vs secondary civilizations and the four classic theories on how early complex civilizations rise.
    Of course, any episode involving the great mistake of neothilization wouldn't be complete without poking fun of our friend Stefan Milo.
    Literature Recommendations

    Ancient Civilizations by Chris Scarre & Brian M. Fagan, 4th edition

    Archaeology by Robert L. Kelly & David Hurst Thomas, 7th Edition

    Archaeology and Human History by Deborah I. Olszewski

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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72 Ratings

Brendanasaur ,

Accessible and Enjoyable Archaeology

The hosts of A Life In Ruins Podcasts (ALIRP) and their guests make fairly niche topics in archaeology enjoyable and accessible. I am an archaeologist with the Forest Service in WY and I am about to enter a graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno for my MA. I learned about ALIRP from a colleague while volunteering at the Vore Buffalo Jump earlier this spring. I have since scoured their episode list for materials of interest and I am very grateful for the content. I feel better prepared for my masters work after listening to ALIRP on my travels across WY and on monotonous survey transects this summer. Keep up the great work y’all.

fiesta player ,

Entertaining and educational

Really great podcast covering not only archeology but also other interesting subjects like ancient genetics, animal domestication, and more. Worth a listen and follow!

elsevier ,

Funny Podcast, I always learn something!

Keep up the great work. A perfect balance of information and comedy.

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