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Kim Biddulph talks to archaeologists and authors about the real stories behind the fictional books with archaeology and history as a major component.

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Kim Biddulph talks to archaeologists and authors about the real stories behind the fictional books with archaeology and history as a major component.

    Christmas Books

    Christmas Books

    Join Kim as she talks to Professor Chris Gosden of Oxford University about the historical and prehistorical links to Christmas books we all know and, perhaps, love. We take in an ambitious collection of four books from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, to John Masefield’s Box of Delights, Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising and Terry Pratchett’s The Hogfather.
    Links

    Chris Gosden's profile on the University of Oxford's website

    Chris Gosden's book The History of Magic

    A Christmas Carol on Project Gutenberg

    The Box of Delights from publisher Egmont

    The Dark is Rising from publisher Penguin

    The Hogfather on Terry Pratchett Books

    Stations of the Sun by Ronald Hutton on Oxford Scholarship Online

    Herne the Hunter

    Contact
    Twitter: @prehistpod, @kimbiddulph

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Iceman

    Iceman

    Kim talks to stone tool specialist and experimental archaeologist Dr James Dilley about the film Iceman, a dramatic reconstruction of the last days of Ötzi the Iceman. We consider such important questions as “What was the social structure of Chalcolithic society?”, “Did they not have mittens?” and “Which 80s blockbuster was that actor in?”.
    James - @AncientCraft https://www.ancientcraft.co.uk
    Contact
    Twitter: @prehistpod and @kimbiddulph

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Folklore and prehistoric sites

    Folklore and prehistoric sites

    Ghosts, magic, witches and sacrifice, just in time for Halloween! Kim talks to Sue Greaney and Joana Valdez-Tullet about folklore and prehistoric sites in Europe. Sue is working on. PhD about Neolithic sites in Britain and Ireland and is responsible for interpretation at Stonehenge for English Heritage but got into folklore due to a chance find in a junk shop. Joana works for Scotland’s Rock Art where she uses her doctoral research into rock art, and has uncovered lots of folk tales related to panels of rock art.
    Links

    Provenance of Sarsens used in Stonehenge

    Joana’s book on Atlantic Rock Art

    Rollright Stones

    Contact

    Twitter: @prehistpod


    Kim Biddulph: @kimbiddulph

    Sue Greaney: @SueGreaney

    Joana Valdez-Tullet: @JoanaValdez

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    • 59 min
    On Raven’s Wing

    On Raven’s Wing

    I talk to Dr Rena Maguire about On Raven’s Wing by Morgan Llywelyn. This book is a retelling of part of the Ulster Cycle, especially the life of Cuchulain, the Hound of Ulster, and the Tain Bo Cuailhge, the Cattle Raid of Cooley. It is mainly set at Emain Macha which is known to be Navan Fort bear Armagh. How much of the story reflects the Irish Iron Age?
    Links

    On Raven’s Wing by Morgan Llywelyn

    Navan Research Group

    Tain online

    Emania Journal

    The Togail

    Kenneth Jackson

    Mallory, James P. [ed.], Aspects of the Táin, Belfast: December, 1992. Contact Navan Fort, as their shop may still have copies

    Contact

    Twitter: @prehistpod


    Guest Twitter: @justrena

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Book of Taliesin

    The Book of Taliesin

    Kim talks to Erin Kavanagh, a poet and geomythologist based in Wales about the old Welsh “Book of Taliesin”, especially the recent translation into English by Gwyneth Lewis and Rowan Williams. How much can we learn about the post-Roman period of Britain from the literature of the time?
    Links
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/274601/the-book-of-taliesin/9780141396934
    Contact

    Twitter: @prehistpod


    Twitter: @geomythkavanagh


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Viper’s Daughter by Michelle Paver

    Viper’s Daughter by Michelle Paver

    It’s been two years since we published the last episode, and it’s been ten years since Michelle Paver published the last of her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series of Mesolithic set books that had started with Wolf Brother. But we’re both back! We kicked off this podcast with Wolf Brother back in 2015 and now I get to talk to the author as she publishes a new book in the series, Viper’s Daughter, that sees Renn, Torak and Wolf journey to the far north and encounter new tribes, new dangers and the last surviving mammoths.
    Links

    Wrangel’s Island Mammoths

    PreHistories Episode 2: Wolf Brother

    Buy Viper’s Daughter

    Michelle Paver on Twitter

    Michelle’s Website: https://wolfbrother.com/


    Contact
    Twitter: @prehistpod

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    • 50 min

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