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Welcome to the Archaeological Fantasies Podcast. Join us as we explore the wild world of pseudoarchaeology. We look critically at topics including Transoceanic travelers, Ancient Aliens, Vikings in America, all the way to archaeological evidence of Big Foot. We interview a wide variety of archaeological and scientific experts about everything from DNA to ancient Rock Art. We dig into pseudoarchaeological topics and really look at the origins of some of the weirdest questions out there.
 
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In this interesting time…my semester is wrapping up, and I decided to change my thesis proposal with three weeks left in the semester…because reasons. That said. I do have a stock of podcasts that need tweaking before being posted. I’m going get those up soon, and thank everyone for being lenient with us. I think you’ll really enjoy the topics comi…
 
Today we start a brand-new collaborative project with Archaeothoughts and ArchaeoRPG which is a podcast miniseries we are calling The Hunt for Secret Mysteries. This miniseries will focus on various paranormal TV shows as we are inflicted with them. My cohost will be Bill Auchter of Archaeothoughts and for our first series, we’re focusing on the ne…
 
Today we talk with Annelise Baer about the Bro-Venture genre of adventure TV. We cover all the classics from Indiana Jones all the way to the most recent Unexplored and Unexplained. We talk about how these shows get made, and how they might evolve as TV switches to Streaming. Hi! I’m an archaeologist who likes games, video games, gaming, horror, th…
 
This episode we talk with Drs. Rebecca Gibson and Jay VanderVeen about their upcoming edited volume Monstrous Males and Fatal Females due out in 2021. We also talk with one of the authors Dr. Holly Walters about her chapter on vampires, and we manage a bit on Zombies too. We look at Gender and how the becoming undead can affect it. We also look at …
 
This episode I take to the airwaves myself to tell you all what I think of H.P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos, the impact that it is had on society as a whole, and how the elder gods are going to devour us all. But seriously, let’s talk Lovecraft and his unintentional impact on pseudoarchaeology, is far reach into the world of ancient aliens, an…
 
Today we talk with Annelise Baer about some behind the scenes aspects of making Pseudo-television shows like Ancient Aliens. She tells how the research and some of the production is done, and we talk about what Archaeology could learn from tv. Show Notes: Annelise Baer, MA Twitter – @annelisebaer IMBD – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3243785/ Crystal …
 
Today I talk about the archaeology in the Path of the Spiritual Sun, how it’s all been done before, there’s nothing new…under the sun… Show Notes: Belsebuub’s website: https://belsebuub.com/books/the-path-of-the-spiritual-sun-celebrating-the-solstices-and-equinoxes Jason Colavito’s Website: http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/…
 
Today we talk with Dr. Jennifer Raff about the YouTube channel Mudfossil University and the possibility that Rocks are really just fossilized Giants. Show Notes: Episodes with Dr. Raff https://archyfantasies.com/?s=Jennifer+Raff New Archaeo-Genetics Articles With Jennifer Raff Archaeological Fantasies and the genetic history of the Americas DNA in …
 
Say Hello to the new year with Archaeological Fantasies. Check us out to see what we’re up to and what to expect in the new year. Thanks again to all our lovely supporters! Here’s to another successful year. Show Notes! Jennifer Raff: @JenniferRaff https://violentmetaphors.com/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferraff/#2b40d9503eef David Anderson:…
 
Today we talk with Dr. Jane Draycott @JLDraycott and Andrew Reinhard @adreinhard about the epic game Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. We discuss the overall gameplay, how AC uses historical references to create more vibrant gameplay, and if this even worked. We talk about the use of real archaeology and pseudoarchaeology in the game storyline, and how th…
 
Nuraghe Santu Antine in Torralba Cristiano Cani picture via Wiki Commons. Note: there was an issue with the Audio file. This is a repost of episode 107. Today we are talking with Dr. Emily Holt from Miami University in Ohio. We learn about the Nuraghe civilization, the fantastic towers they built, and how all this is connected to Atlantis. Dr. Holt…
 
Today we talk to Jens Notroff about a recent report about a newly discovered asteroid crater under the Greenland Glacier. How is this connected to the Younger Dryas? What is the Younger Dryas? And is this evidence of Gobekli Tepe being older than it seems? (You can probably guess the answer for that one.) Show Notes: Jens Notroff: @jens2go Persnpal…
 
Not a real viking… Welcome to Season 5 of the Archaeological Fantasies Podcast! To start the year off we’re talking with Chelsi Slotten about Viking Women Warriors. What does archaeology say about women in Viking times? What are the controversies around the Birka Warrior? And why aren’t female warriors better accepted in academia? Show notes: Chels…
 
Today, Dr. Jennifer Raff is back with us to talk about some recent articles on genetics in archaeology. Particularly the discovery of a new genetic ancestor to early Americans and new evidence about the migration of early Americans. Show Notes: Jennifer Raff at Forbes Ancient DNA Reveals Yet More Complicated Histories In The Americas Posth et al. 2…
 
Things changed drastically as archaeology developed and professionalized. During the pre-professional time, or the Romantic Era of archaeology as Jeb Card and David Anderson (2016) call it, archaeology was really more of a jumbled collection of competing methodologies, antiquarians out looking for epic adventures chasing down mythic locations, and …
 
The first thing to look at any time you start a new project is the history of the topic. Our topic is practically as old as the field of archaeology itself, some might argue even older (Card 2018). The reason for this is that before the field of archaeology ‘professionalized’ there was a time of Antiquarians. This Time of Antiquarianism is very muc…
 
Today we talk with Alex Fitzpatrick and Simona Falanga from The ArchaeoAnimals Podcast on the APN. We talk about Zooarchaeology and Cryptid Bones. We learn about chupacabra skulls and examine the Pig-Face Women of Vicotiran side-shows. Show Notes: Alex Fitzpatrick on Twitter Animal Archaeology Blog The ArchaeoAnimals Podcast @ArchaeoAnimals #Archae…
 
Image: Cupid Fountain (Copyright Winchester Mystery House) Hello Boys and Ghouls, it’s time for the MonsterTalk/Archaeological Fantasies Halloween Special. This year we’re talking about Horror movies and the perils of being an archaeologist in them. Stay on the edge of your seats, as we dig up these horrific accounts of archaeology gone wrong. Show…
 
Is I bet you can’t guess what’s in store for you, dear listeners, later on this month. Until then, slack you blood-lust on these two juicy episodes in our Pseudoarchaeology Double Feature. Music in this special episode Copyright Richard O’Brien. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZjszYRPaug Thank You for listening. If you’d like to support the Podcas…
 
Today we talk with Douglas Hunter about his new book Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History. We talk about what the interesting history of the Beardmore relics, how they affected Canadian history, and what lessons we can learn from the hubris of our past. Show notes: Douglass Hunter Website Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History T…
 
Today we talk with Dr. Holly Walters about sacred Salagrama Fossils in the Hindu religion. What are these beautiful Fossils? How are they incorporated into the Hindu religion? And what weird powers has the American New Age assigned these religious artifacts? Dr. Walters gives us a fantastic break down of the three major religions in the area of Nep…
 
Today we start a new segment with Dr. Jennifer Raff. We explore the use of ancient DNA in archaeology and how our understanding of such has changed over the years. We also look at the most recent misuse of the Olmec culture as evidence of a pre-columbic African presence in the Americas, and what DNA tells us about that. Show Notes: Jennifer Raff – …
 
Today we talk with Andrew Reinhard about his new book Archaeogaming: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games. We talk about the Atari ET dig, learn how Metaspace and Meat Space are similar, and talk a lot about No Man’s Sky and Andrew’s archaeological survey inside the game space. Show Notes and links of interest: Andrew Reinhard: Arch…
 
Today we’re talking with Steph Halmhofer about her recent survey on Canadian Fears, modeled after the Chapman Survey of American Fears. She’s looking at Canadian pseudoarchaeological beliefs, among other topics, and she’s come on the show to share some preliminary results from her survey. If you’re a Canadian resident and you want to take the surve…
 
Today we’re talking with Paulina Przystupa (@punuckish) about the panel she put together at the SAA’s this past Apil. Her topic was Creative Outreach focusing on using social media as a way of communicating what the public about archaeology. We talk about better ways to use various social media to make archaeology accessible to everyone, and how we…
 
Today we’re talking with Dr. David Anderson (@DSAArchaeology ) about the intersection of Archaeology and Pop culture, and how a history of pop culture, specifically comics and adventure genre has fed the prevalence of pseudoarchaeology ideas, especially Ancient Aliens and Ancient Astronauts . Show Notes: David Anderson’s Blog – Archaeological Oddit…
 
2018 has been a bit of a roller coaster for the Archaeological Fantasies blog and podcast. I know many of you have noticed, so I figured, Let’s have a rundown of what’s happening here at the AF Studios… Last year I went back to finish my Masters’ degree and well, between that and working full time, it’s been…fun? Unfortunately, the blog suffered an…
 
Links Welcome 2018 and Bears Ears Update – Episode 90 Antiquities Laws and Regulations – Episode 75 Friends of Cedar Mesa | Stewarding the greater Cedar Mesa area in … Bears Ears Rock Art Pilling Collection of Fremont Culture Figurines Hexham Heads, ley lines, and Wear-sheep-men Contact If you’d like to support the Podcast, condenser donating to us…
 
On today’s episode we talk with Jennifer Raff about the recent CBC episode of The Nature of Things: Ice Bridge. We talk about how the Solutrean Hypothesis, how it’s it’s not supported by evidence and is supported but White Supremacists. We talk about the issues not brought up in the CBC show, and why we as archaeologists should be talking about it.…
 
Links National Monuments dedicated to immigration and the experience of immigrants and African captives: African Burial Ground, Manhattan Manzanar Internment Center Liberty Island-Ellis Island National Monument Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration Contact Email us at ArchyFantasies@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter at @Archyfantasies and find u…
 
Links Bears Ears National Monument – Arch365 325 State of the Monuments – Episode 40 Antiquities Laws and Regulations – Episode 75 After Bears Ears National Monument Shrinkage, The Fight For Redesignation Is Still On Contact Email us at ArchyFantasies@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter at @Archyfantasies and find us on FaceBook. Theme Music by ArcheoSo…
 
Ken and Sara talk to author Douglas Hunter about his book linked below. The story of Dighton Rock and its relationship with the indigenous past is a fascinating tale. Links The Place of Stone: Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America’s Indigenous Past ~ by Douglas Hunter Dighton Rock Dighton Rock State Park Contact Email us at ArchyFantasies@gmail.c…
 
Today we talk with Dr. Mark Allen Peterson about the magical Jinn. Dr. Peterson tells us more about the ancient concept of Jinn, how that affect modern Arabic uses of Jinn, and how the views on Jinn are affected by Movies and Western tampering. Links Dr. Mark A. Peterson https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Allen-Peterson/e/B001K8F96G Articles on Jinn Dr. P…
 
Today we talk with Dr Eric Cline from George Washington University. We talk about a variety of topics on Biblical Archaeology, the validity of real and fake sight seeing, and touch a bit on 3D printing. Links Eric Cline https://anthropology.columbian.gwu.edu/eric-h-cline YouTube Vids. Dr. Eric Cline on Junk Science and Archaeology 1177 BC: The Year…
 
This is a cross-over episode that was recorded at GenCon 50 earlier in 2017. Sara Head joined the hosts of Gaming with Scott to talk about the intersection between archaeology and gaming. Links http://gamingwithscott.libsyn.com/hotp-gencon50-archy-fantasies?tdest_id=326508 On Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/GamingWScott On Twitter: http://www.…
 
It’s our second Halloween special and crossover with the MonsterTalk Podcast! Today we’re Joined by Blake Smith and Karen Stollznow to talk about haunted objects and where to find them. We talk about creepy dolls, haunted antiques, and cursed 3d printed objects. Enjoy the worlds of two great podcasts colliding! Links MonsterTalk Podcast Demon Dolls…
 
Today we talk with Ethnographer James Bielo about his work with the Ark Encounter, a life-size Noah’s Ark and religious-themed experience in Kentucky. We talk about the validity of replicas, religious sightseeing, and 3D printing as a way to communicate with the public. Links Dr. James Bielo – Miami University James S. Bielo – Home James Bielo on t…
 
Today we’re talking about the Iximaya hoax. Who were the Iximaya, where did they come from, and what part did P.T. Barnum play in all this? We’re joined by special guests Roxanne Davila and Marcello Canuto. Links MARI Roxanne Davila Marcello Canuto Iximaya Pamphlet https://archive.org/details/illustratedmemoi00vela Ix Chel John Lloyd Stephens Incid…
 
Today we’re looking at the Fiji Mummy and the recent Peruvian Mummy Hoax. How do these two cases intersect, what can one teach us about the other, and How does PT. Barnum fit into all this. Links The Racism Behind Alien Mummy Hoaxes Pre-Columbian bodies are once again being used as evidence for extraterrestrial life. Did Researchers Find a Mummifie…
 
Today we’re talking about Afrocentrism. What is it? Does it hurt or help ancient African cultures? And how does it affect archaeology in the new world? More about other ancient African cultures you may never have heard of: Great Zimbabwe: http://www.greatzimbabweruins.com/ http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/364 The Kingdom of Kush: http://archaeology.ab…
 
Today we talk with co-host Jeb Card about Mayan Hieroglyphics. We talk about the Victorian worlds discovery of them, their fascination with them, how that fascination has endured into the modern-day, and how the Mayan language, including Hieroglyphics, is still a living language today. Links FAMSI resources Maya Glyph Workbook Wayeb resources Fores…
 
Today we talk with Fernanda Maneses about the mysterious Easter Island statues. We talk about the actual history of the Moai statues, the culture that created them, and the many different ways these iconic statures have been used by the fringe and popular culture alike. Links Fernanda Meneses https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fernanda_Meneses @n…
 
Today we talk with Dr. Donna Yates about the recent Hobby Lobby decision and the illegal antiquities trade. What was Hobby Lobby doing, how does this fit into looting and the antiquities trade, and what exactly is this new Museum of the Bible in DC thing? Links Trafficking Culture / Donna Yates Anonymous Swiss Collector Cambodia’s looted treasures …
 
Today we’re talking about Indiana JOnes a pseudoarchaeological elements that run through almost all off the movies. We talk about how Indy came to be, why the movies are so dang good, and where certain archaeological themes came from and why they last. Links Spitballing Indy Transcript of the Writing Session for Raiders of the Lost Ark Raiders of t…
 
Today we talk with Nathan French from the University of Miami, Ohio. Nathan talks with us about Islam and the destruction of archaeological sites and artifacts in Isis controlled areas. We also talk about artifacts funneled into the black market by Isis and fleeing refugees. Links The Archivist: Unseen Documents from the Islamic State’s Diwan al-Ri…
 
On today’s episode, Sara, Jeb, and Ken talk about some of the big antiquities laws that are impacting resources around the country. These laws are in the news lately and it’s important to know where they came from, what they do, and why they need to stick around for a while. Links Executive Order on whitehouse.gov https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-pre…
 
Today we talk about the mysterious Gungywamp located in Connecticut. We examine the similarities between it and other sites like Mystery Hill aka American Stonehenge. Why makes the Gungywamp so strange? Is it ley lines, spirits, mystical energies of the ancient celts? Links Gungywamp Atlas Obscura – Gungywamp Interpreting the Gungywamp: Evidence & …
 
Today we talk with Jens Notroff from the Gobekli Tepe research project about the recent news stories about possible evidence for a comet strike at the ancient site. We look over the claims made in the paper ‘DECODING GÖBEKLI TEPE WITH ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?’ and compare that with ongoing research from the actual Gobekli Tepe site.…
 
Today we’re talking with our resident Geologist; Sharon Hill about Ley Lines. What are they, where did they come from, and can they be weaponized? You can comment below or email us at @archyfantaises@gmail.com Links: Sharon’s New Podcast: 15 Credibility Street Alfred Watkins The Old Straight Track Ordnance Survey Creating Prehistory: Druids, Ley Hu…
 
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