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Join Anna and Amber, two friends and big nerds, as we get excited about all the weird, amazing, mysterious, and fascinating stories from our human past.

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Join Anna and Amber, two friends and big nerds, as we get excited about all the weird, amazing, mysterious, and fascinating stories from our human past.

    Fish People

    Fish People

    This week, Anna and Amber bring you the result of episode planning by two hosts who have had a VERY long year and who refuse to back down from a dumb joke. We're talking Mersons of Interest, aquatic apes, men who wear fish, and more! Make sure to listen through the end for...what can only be described as a musical masterpiece.
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    Are mermaids real? (NOAA National Ocean Service)

    Did Human Evolution Include a Semi-Aquatic Phase? (The Scientist [not the Coldplay song])

    The African ape-like foot of Ardipithecus ramidus and its implications for the origin of bipedalism (Elife)

    The Neanderthal Ear—Prone to Irritating Infections (Sapiens)

    Fantastically Wrong: The Murderous, Sometimes Sexy History of the Mermaid (Wired)

    An Archaeological Puzzle on the Danube (The New York Times)

    Lepenski Vir (Atlas Obscura)

    The genomic history of southeastern Europe (Nature)

    The Ichthyophagi: Fishing for Monstrosity in Alexander Romances (EsoterX)

    Olaus Magnus (Strange Science)

    Olaus Magnus, A Description of the Northern Peoples, 1555: Volume III, Volume 3 (via Google Books)

    The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art (via Google Books)

    Neo-Assyrian fish-apkallu wall panel relief (British Museum)

    Neo-Assyrian apkallu figurine (British Museum)

    Berossus on the Creation (Livius)

    Oannes: The Best Evidence for Ancient Aliens? (Jason Colavito)

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Thanksviking II: The Vikinging

    Thanksviking II: The Vikinging

    Anna and Amber embark once again into the Viking Age, this time with the help of Neil Price's excellent book Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings. Come learn about the origins of Ragnarok, Viking sorcery, and more!
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    Ellora Caves

    Ellora Caves

    This week, Anna and Amber engage in some light speleology to give you a glimpse of the Ellora Caves--a shared Hindu, Buddhist and Jain sacred site in India. What makes a place feel sacred and special, and why are so many caves viewed as sacred places around the world and throughout time? Plus, Amber's review of Werner Herzog's opus In the Cave of Forgotten Dreams. We are all crocodiles looking back into the abyss of time, friends.
    Links

    Ellora Caves (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

    Vignettes of Ajanta & Ellora (Google Arts and Culture)

    Ellora Cave Temples

    Ellora Caves (Atlas Obscura)

    Hinduism Primer

    Buddhist Caves - Ellora (Lonely Planet)

    Hindu Caves (Lonely Planet)

    Jaina Caves at Ellora (Sahapedia)

    Jain Caves (Lonely Planet)

    The Sacred Cave (Sweet Briar College)

    Sacred Caves of the World: Illuminating the Darkness (The Changing World Religion Map)

    Mayan Caves: Places of Sacred Rituals (National Geographic)

    Virtual Visit - La Grotte Chauvet

    Visit the Cave - Lascaux

    10 sacred caves around the world (National Geographic)

    The Art and Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent (via WorldCat)

    Royal Patronage and Religious Tolerance: The Formative Period of Gupta—Vākāṭaka Culture (Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society)

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    We Bet You'll Enjoy This Episode

    We Bet You'll Enjoy This Episode

    This week, Anna and Amber have dealt you an excellent hand of examples of gambling, and the archaeology and anthropology thereof! Listeners, we hope you'll bear with us on this episode. We recorded on day three of the 2020 electoral vote counts, and we've both lost our minds. Come along on this ride with us as we explore what evidence we have for gambling in the archaeological record, and what we can learn from the types of games people play.
    Links

    Gambling (Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology)

    There’s no such thing as a natural-born gambler (The Conversation)

    Gambling Across Cultures: Mapping Worldwide Occurrence and Learning from Ethnographic Comparison (International Gambling Studies)

    Per Binde - On Gambling

    Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight (The Interpretation of Cultures)

    When The Gambler Came To Chaco (American Archaeology)

    Sociopolitical, Ceremonial, and Economic Aspects of Gambling in Ancient North America: A Case Study of Chaco Canyon (American Antiquity)

    Visitors to Northern Australia: Debating the History of Indigenous Gambling (International Gambling Studies, via ResearchGate)

    Macassan History and Heritage (Australian National University)

    Where to gamble on the medieval Adriatic? (Medievalists.net)

    Queen Elizabeth I Held England’s First Official Lottery 450 Years Ago (Smithsonian)

    Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” (New Yorker)

    Gaming among Enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and its uses in Navigating Social Interactions (W&M ScholarWorks)

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Neanderthalk with "Kindred" Author Dr. Rebecca Wragg Sykes

    Neanderthalk with "Kindred" Author Dr. Rebecca Wragg Sykes

    Anna and Amber sit down with Dr. Rebecca Wragg Sykes, Paleolithic archaeologist and author of the book "Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death, and Art." We talk about Rebecca's education and her love for all things ancient, and she resolves some common misconceptions about our Neanderthal cousins. "Kindred" just came out in the States, so pick up a copy of your very own for an amazing synthesis of current Neanderthal knowledge.
    Links

    Neanderthals Among Mammoths: Excavations at Lynford Quarry, Norfolk (via Archaeology Data Service)

    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (European Commission)

    Trowelblazers

    Rebecca Wragg Sykes

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Spooktober: Buried Alive?!?!?!

    Spooktober: Buried Alive?!?!?!

    For the final spooky episode of 2020, Amber and Anna take on the extremely frightening topic of live burials. We discuss the forensic evidence that indicates that a person might have been buried alive, talk about some archaeological contexts for live burials, and cover some real and probably-not-so-real accounts from history. This one's got some real ups and downs, so buckle up.
    Links

    The Live Burial: A multidisciplinary approach to the identification and exploration of live burials (via Academia.edu) (CN: graphic images of human remains)

    The Bride escaping live burial in Kill Bill Vol 2 (YouTube)

    Casts of Pompeii (Archaeology)

    Plaster Citizens of Pompeii (Atlas Obscura)

    Volcanic Ash (National Geographic)

    EarthWord – Nuée Ardente (USGS)

    Mount Vesuvius Boiled Its Victims’ Blood and Caused Their Skulls to Explode (Smithsonian) (CN: images of human remains)

    Frozen Mummies from Andean Mountaintop Shrines:Bioarchaeology and Ethnohistory of Inca Human Sacrifice (BioMed Research International, via ResearchGate) (CN: images of human remains)

    Violence in pre-Columbian Panama exaggerated, new study shows (Phys.org) (CN: images of human remains)

    The History of Ancient Nubia (Oriental Institute)

    Retainer Sacrifice in Egypt and in Nubia (The Strange World of Human Sacrifice)

    Buried but Alive? Interpreting Post-depositional Bone Movement, Anxieties over Death and Premature Burial (Lund Archaeological Review)

    Four People Who Were Buried Alive and How They Got Out (MentalFloss)

    PICS: Remember the Mansfield man buried alive for five months (Chad.co.uk)

    Esmeralda Lundius Staff Bio (Durham University)

    The 'Pompeii' of the Western Front: Archaeologists find the bodies of 21 tragic World War One German soldiers in perfectly preserved trenches where they were buried alive by an Allied shell (Daily Mail)

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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

preservatonista ,

Love Anna and Amber

Love listening to these two buds laugh and banter and teach us. I’m not super into anthro and archaeology but love (and know) these two and listening to them gets me more interested in the subject matter. They’re just the best!

hyracula ,

fascinating and funny

a must for anyone interested in archaeology! the topics are always fascinating, and Anna and Amber have great friend chemistry that leaves me giggling along with them half the time. new favorite podcast!

alabiblioheck ,

A must-listen!

Anna and Amber do an amazing job of making even the most obscure topics approachable, relevant, and hilarious. It’s always a treat to see what they'll feature next! This podcast should be in the regular line-up of anyone who loves history, science, and good fun.

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