Rank #1: Old World Writing in the New World - Episode 18
Today we look at several different examples of old world scripts being found in North America. We examine the authenticity of these scripts and talk about what else we'd like to see if these writings were real.
Aug 17 2015
Rank #2: Biblical Archaeology with Eric Cline - Episode 87
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.
Nov 27 2017
Rank #3: Global Floods and Noah's Ark - Episode 5
Today we're starting to look at creationism. We evaluate the evidence for a global flood in both the geological and archaeological record. We compare the biblical myth with the Babylonian version, and we go looking for Noah's Ark itself.
Mar 02 2015
Rank #4: Chris Begley and the Lost City of the Monkey God - Episode 49
Today we talk with Chris Begley about the Lost City of the Monkey God, or Ciudad Blanca "The White City". Chris tells us about looking for actual ruins in Honduras, working with National Geographic, and how things like satellite images and LiDar actually work.
Aug 08 2016
Rank #5: Hobbits, Canibals, Ethnocentrism, and Homo floresiensis - Episode 46
This episode Jeb and Sara talk about Homo floresiensis affectionately known as Hobbits, and Liang-Bua Cave. What do we know about H. floresiensis, how has this discovery been represented by the media, and why are these tinny hominids being represented as cannibals by Animal Planet?
Jul 18 2016
Rank #6: Piltdown Man and the Face on Mars - Episode 55
Today we look at some new information about the Piltdown man, grouse about the media and how they handled it, and then take a long look at the infamous Face on Mars.
Sep 19 2016
Rank #7: Those Mysterious Mound Builders - Episode 4
In this episode we look at the Mound Builder Myth in some detail. We discuss the history of the myth, the alternative explanations for the mounds, how Cyrus Thomas proved the mounds were built by Native Americans, and why the idea that the mounds were built by Europeans still persists today. Also, we highly encourage you to take your local mounds to lunch, and, go visit them today!
Feb 16 2015
Rank #8: Mayan Hieroglyphics with Jeb Card - Episode 80
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.
Aug 21 2017
Rank #9: Digging New England Vampires - ENCORE Episode 40
Today we're talking with Retired Connecticut State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni and his work with an interesting Vampire burial. We talk the hows and why's of this burial and what it meant to people in the past to have a Vampire in the graveyard.
Oct 24 2016
Rank #10: Cryptozoology and Archaeology - Episode 69
Today we talk about Cryptology and petroglyphs. Are there ancient images of Bigfoot painted on stone? How can we be sure what we think we're seeing is what they image means? And why it's important to take indigenous culture into account when trying to make sense of things.Links:The Death of a Pterodactyl by Jean-Loïc Le Quellec, Paul Bahn, and Marvin Rowe'Winged Monster' Rock Art Finally Deciphered By Laura GeggelThe Westfort KnightDStretch plugin to ImageJ websiteExplore The River Bend: The Legend of the Piasa Bird by Dan BrannanNarmer PaletteMAYAK DATAT: THE HAIRY MAN PICTOGRAPHS by Kathy Moskowitz Strain 9 Best Alaskan Native Hairy Man Stories Posted by Guy EdwardsPseudo-Skeptic Sharon Hill Gets no Respect for Behaving Worse Than BadlySharon Hill's article about Bigfoot bloggers and why we do what we doSasquatch watchers following Bigfoot blogs for the latest news on their favorite subject (Removed) by idoubtit • December 18, 2011New Mexico Senator has put his big foot down on funding monsters hunts by idoubtit • February 15, 2017The Ketchum Project: What to Believe about Bigfoot DNA ‘Science’ by Sharon Hill Skeptical Briefs Volume 23.1, Spring 2013Doubtful blog, Tags for Bigfoot.Archaeologist digs for proof of Sasquach by Chris BatemanGiants, Cannibals & Monsters: Bigfoot in Native Culture 1st Edition by Kathy Moskowitz Strain The Evolution of the Werewolf and BigfootContactEmail us at ArchyFantasies@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter at @Archyfantasies and find us on FaceBook.Theme Music by ArcheopSoup ProductionsProduced by Chris Webster and Tristan BoyleEdited by Christopher Sims
Mar 20 2017
Rank #11: Margaret Murray, Witchcraft and Murder - Episode 58
Today we talk about murder most fowl and about Margaret Murray's investigations into what she thought might be motive by witchcraft. We talk about Murray's research into witch cults and how that research influenced what we know as modern Wicca practices.
Oct 17 2016
Rank #12: Digging our Burrow's Cave with Joe Wilson - Episode 57
Today we talk with Joe Wilson about his research into the modern hoax of Burrows' Cave. We look at the history of the cave, some of the evidence for the cave, and try to decipher where the cave is actually supposed to be.
Oct 04 2016
Rank #13: The Ark Encounter with James Bielo - Episode 84
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.
Oct 16 2017
Rank #14: Fringe Archaeology and Giants - Episode 3
Sara and Ken talk about Fringe archaeology, Ken's brush with the media, and Giants!
Feb 02 2015
Rank #15: Psychic Archaeology - Episode 13
On today's episode, Sara and Ken talk about psychic archaeology. What does that mean? Does it work? Should archaeological sites start with a psychic reading? They'll answer those questions and more on this entertaining episode!BONUS QUESTION:Who was the actress in Clan of the Cave Bear?
ContactEmail us at ArchyFantasties@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter at @Archyfantsies and find us on FaceBook. Theme Music by ArcheopSoup Productions
Jun 08 2015
Rank #16: Convergence and Independent Invention in Archaeology - Episode 53
Today we look at some concepts in Archaeology, mainly the idea of two cultures creating similar looking technology independently of each other. We call this Independent Invention or Convergence, and it's usually what really happening when the fringe sees diffusion in cultures. We look over the concepts and look at a few examples like writing and megaliths to see how this works in real cultures.
Sep 05 2016
Rank #17: DNA in Archaeology with Jennifer Raff - Episode 50
Another great episode of the Archaeological Fantasies Podcast
Aug 15 2016
Rank #18: Cannibalism with Lourdes Villalta - Episode 61
Today we talk with Lourdes Villalta about cannibalism. We look at the stereotypes of the activity, how these stereotypes were used in the past to marginalized people, and what is the historical truth and cultural reality of cannibalism.LinksLourdes Villaltahttp://sheffield.academia.edu/LVillaltaFrom Villa et al proposed set of criteria to verify whether cannibalism was found within a context (Villa et al, 1986:431):"Similar butchering techniques in human and animal remains. Thus frequency, location, and type of verified cut marks and chop marks on human and animal bones must be similar, but we should allow for anatomical differences between human and animals;Similar patterns of long bone breakage that might facilitate marrow extraction; Identical patterns of postprocessing discard of human and animal remains;Evidence of cooking if present, such evidence should indicate comparable treatment of human and animal remains.White also considered (1992) Turner’s suggestion: the under representation of vertebrae (Turner, 1992) without animal gnawing or bite marks. Biologically, vertebrae are spongy, soft, and full of marrow (Preston, 1998). According to Turner, many of the Anazasi often crushed animal vertebrae to form “bone cakes”; a way to extract grease from the spinal column through boiling. Turner (1993) also mentioned the V-shaped cross-sectioned cut marks found on many of the found vertebrae recorded by White (1992) and Turner and Turner (1992). If such taphonomic patterns mentioned above are evident on both human and faunal remains of the same context, cannibalism can be considered.Following Turner’s criteria, White (1992) was able to find all five criteria, but he was also able to find another useful observation found through a microscope he coined pot polish-a faint abrasion and bevelling on the broken tips of bones (Preston, 1999), indicating possible evidence of cooking. This became the sixth criteria in “identifying Anasazi cannibalism."ContactEmail us at ArchyFantasies@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter at @Archyfantasies and find us on FaceBook.Theme Music by ArcheopSoup ProductionsProduced by Chris Webster and Tristan BoyleEdited by Christopher Sims
Nov 28 2016
Rank #19: Giants! - Episode 6
Today we talk with Andrew White about the current Giant craze. He gives us the relative origins of the "Giants Among Us" myth and talks about what "Double Rows of Teeth" actually means. We touch on the Nephilim craze and how Giants might just relate back to biblical mythology and may represent a current push of biblical creationism.Links
Pseudo-Archaeology RSSAndrew White's Face book Page - Modern Giant MythologyAndrew White's Blog on GiantsMore information on double rows of teethBlog Post: More Misinterpretations - Giants with Double Rows of Teeth from OhioContactEmail us at ArchyFantasties@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter at @Archyfantsies and find us on FaceBook.
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Mar 16 2015
Rank #20: Göbekli Tepe, Bad Fox, No Comet - Episode 73
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.
May 15 2017