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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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    • 4.8 • 98 Ratings

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.

    ENCORE: Down Unda’ the Sea with Dr. Maddy McAllister

    ENCORE: Down Unda’ the Sea with Dr. Maddy McAllister

    On this episode of A Life in Ruins Podcast, we interview Dr. Maddy McAllister, a maritime archaelogist with the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Dr. McAllister is known for her educational Instagram account, @shipwreckmermaid. As Dr. McAllister is an Aussie, we naturally first have a conversation about the differences between our endemic wildlife and the hazards of working in the wild. This is followed by a discussion of how Dr. McAllister, and other underwater archaeologists, plan out their projects, record data, and conduct their research. We also have some salty discussions of sailing stories, shipwrecks, and other things that blow Connors and Carlton's minds. David was literally born on an island -he gets it.
    If you have left a review of the podcast on iTunes or Spotify, please email us at alifeinruinspodcast@gmail.com so we can get shipping information to send you a sticker.
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    Book Recommendations:
    • 2005 ‘Beneath the Seven Seas’ (edited by George Bass)
    • 1980 Archaeology underwater – Keith Muckleroy
    • 2004 Maritime Archaeology: a technical handbook, Jeremy Green
    • 1986 Maritime Archaeology in Australia – Graeme Henderson
    • 2008 Unfinished Voyages – Graeme Henderson
    • 2007 Shipwreck Archaeology in Australia – Mike Nash
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    Dr. McAllister's Instagram: @shipwreckmermaid
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    ENCORE Something A-foot in White Sands National Monument with Dr. Shane Miller and Dr. Jesse Tune

    ENCORE Something A-foot in White Sands National Monument with Dr. Shane Miller and Dr. Jesse Tune

    ENCORE: Something's afoot. There is, yet again, another controversial preclovis find. This time, away from the West Coast and in New Mexico. The controversy surrounds human footprints found in White Sands National Park that are dated between 23 and 21 kya.
    To discuss these possible pre-Clovis footprints, we invited Dr. Jesse Tune and Dr. Shane Miller on the show to contextualize the data. We begin with an open discussion about the recent published report and try to understand what the researches found at the site. We then chat about their controversy, how it’s hit the mainstream media, and what the ramifications of the repaint are for archaeology.
    The conversation then turns into a open dialogue about scientific biases, as well as the role of Indigenous oral traditions and their incorporation into scientific theories.
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    Literature recommendations

    2020, Bennett et al., Walking in mud: Remarkable Pleistocene human trackways from White Sands National Park (New Mexico), Quaternary Science Reviews

    2018 Bustos et al., Footprints preserve terminal Pleistocene hunt? Human-sloth interactions in North America, Supplmentary Materials, Science Advances

    2021 Rachal et al., Lake levels and trackways: An alternative model to explain the timing of human-megafauna trackway intersections, Tularosa Basin, New Mexico, Quaternary Science Advances

    2021 Bennett et al., Evidence of humans in North Americaduring the Last Glacial Maximum, Science

    2020 Ardelean et al., Evidence of human occupation in Mexico around the Last Glacial Maximum, Nature

    Links

    Earliest evidence of human activity in the Americas found at White Sands National Park

    Oldest human footprints in North America found

    The White Sands discovery only confirms what Indigenous people have said all along

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    ENCORE: If a Yoda, Archaeology had: A Philosophical Discussion with our Mentor Dr. Robert L. Kelly

    ENCORE: If a Yoda, Archaeology had: A Philosophical Discussion with our Mentor Dr. Robert L. Kelly

    On this episode, we are taking our first vacation. We are going to leave you with a classic episode of ours. Enjoy!
    On Episode 27 of A Life in Ruins Podcast, we interview Dr. Robert L. Kelly. Dr. Kelly was all the cohosts thesis advisor at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Robert L. Kelly wrote the book, The Lifeways of Hunter-Gatherers: The Foraging Spectrum, on hunter-gatherer archaeology and the mathematical proofs behind it.
    He was involved in early research at Gatecliff Rockshelter and then he continued on to influence archaeological theory for the rest of his career. He writes a regular textbook with Dr. David Hurst Thomas named “Archaeology” (latest edition).
    He has also written a book on the future of archaeology called The Fifth Beginning.
    We have a super interesting philosophical conversation about archaeology and its meaning. Bob recounts his early life and how he found his way out in the desert with David Hurst Thomas during his first days as an archaeologist.
    We then discuss his transition from Cornell to the University of New Mexico and the University of Michigan, and have a lengthy discussion about his mentor, Lewis Binford and his eccentric life.
    The majority of the podcast however, is an in-depth conversation about anthropology, how the field has changed over the years, and what it means to be human.
    Robert L Kelly Email: rlkelly@uwyo.edu
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    Top Gun: Call Sign Butcher

    Top Gun: Call Sign Butcher

    **This podcast contains spoilers about the movie Top Gun: Maverick, you have been warned!
    On this chaotic and unscripted episode of A Life in Ruins Podcast, we chat with our resident military anthropologist Georgia Butcher. We discuss the movie Top Gun (which David has not seen) and Top Gun: Maverick (which David has also not seen). We delve into the process of using military vehicles in movies and the film review process by the military. We then take a deep dive into the propaganda and anthropology of war movies.
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    Red Rover, Red Rover, Send Gover Back Over

    Red Rover, Red Rover, Send Gover Back Over

    On this episode of A Life in Ruins Podcast, Carlton is back! Connor and Carlton sit down and discuss his wild and crazy summer in the field. They do a deep dive into where he was, what type of site he worked at, and the atmosphere of Lynch, Nebraska. Carlton then describes the early history of the site, his new gig as a bartender, and what it is like to be a senior graduate teaching assistant at a field school. Connor and Carlton finish discussing the next couple of months and Carlton's growth as a human.
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    Transcripts
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    Literature Recommendations
    The Archaeology of the North American Great Plains by Douglas B. Bamforth
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    Connor and David’s Declassified CRM Survival Guide

    Connor and David’s Declassified CRM Survival Guide

    Connor and David discuss the highs and woes of CRM archaeology. They start out discussing #bus and #vanlife and the issues that David is having with his bus.
    They then take a deep dive into the bad and less fun elements of CRM archaeology. They discuss hotels, shovel tests, depression and existential crises. Connor and David then play good cop and tell success stories about their experiences in CRM. Give it a listen!
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    Transcripts
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

Richysboo ,

OBSESSED with this Podcast!!!

I have been following David & Ian on Youtube & Instagram and happily JUMPED into the rabbit hole of Archeology, Anthropology, & Ethnocynology. And man I cant get enough. 😵‍💫 I even have a favorite early ancestor thanks to plastic spoon boi (Stefan) and as a cat person, a new appreciation for dogs thanks to David. Please keep on giving us amazing material through these many platforms. Im living a distant dream through you all 🥹

ashanishinaabe ,

Relatable and enjoyable

Listened to my first episode (Kay Mattena guest) and it was well-done, entertaining, and informative! I loved the rapport with the guest and among the hosts. I also found this episode super relatable as a fellow Anishinaabe anthropology grad student. I’m excited to hear more!

kvndvdjohnson ,

Funny, not so serious but passion and knowledge shows

Every episode has its hilarious points and well researched info, guests are interesting and there is never a dull moment with great questions and interaction with every person on the podcast at any given moment

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