The Dirt Podcast (Archive)

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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.

Education
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Ellora Caves - Ep 115
Sacred caves and numinous places
77 min
102
We Bet You'll Enjoy This Episode - Ep 114
An anthropological look at gambling and games
75 min
103
Neanderthalk with "Kindred" Author Dr. Rebecca ...
Neanderthal life, love, death, and art.
65 min
104
Spooktober: Buried Alive?!?!?! - Ep 112
The scariest Spooktober episode yet
63 min
105
Spooktober: It's A Whole Ordeal - Ep 111
It's not just a river in Mesopotamia.
61 min
106
Spooktober: They Built It On a Haunted Burial G...
Exhuming the Roots of a Horror Trope
51 min
107
Handing It Over to Spooktober - Ep 109
A handful of frightful finds from around the world
48 min
108
Warding Off Evil - Ep 108
Anna gets us ready to face Spooktober
47 min
109
A Very Brief Intro to Ancient Egyptian Archaeol...
Archaeological highlights and more from Ancient Egypt
61 min
110
Linguistics and Endangered Languages with Dr. C...
Talking about talking!
68 min
111
Building a Better Researcher, Part 2, with Tash...
A continued conversation
44 min
112
Building a Better Researcher, Part 1, with Tash...
The first half of a two-part interview
53 min
113
Queryin' the Illyrians - Ep 104
More from the supporting cast of antiquity
44 min
114
Illustrating Archaeology - Ep 103
Visual representation of archaeological materials.
45 min
115
Chalk it Up to Science - Ep 102
We dust off the topic of the UK's chalk figures
36 min
116
Mythteries and Mythnomers - Ep 101
Well, actually, we do know
42 min
117
It's Time to Talk About the Future - Ep 100
A Speculative Episode
57 min
118
People of Size - Ep 99
An Exploration of Fatness
72 min
119
Oscan the Right Questions - Ep 98
Exploring some of the lesser-known Italic cultural groups that were peripheral to Ancient Rome.
47 min
120
Hip Neanderthals with Mayowa Adeboyega - Ep 97
The evolution of the pelvis in Neanderthals
49 min
121
The Dirt Digs Pride - Ep 96
A celebration of identity expression
50 min
122
Teeth and Trowelblazing with Special Guest Dr. ...
Paging Dr. Teeth.
73 min
123
Hunting and Gathering - Dirt 94
A look at hunter-gatherer cultures around the world
41 min
124
Rapa Nui! - Ep 93
More than just those giant heads.
64 min
125
Not Before I've Had My Coffee - Ep 92
Coffee, tea, and more!
44 min
126
The Dirt Digs Down Under - Ep 91
A sampling of Australian archaeology
62 min
127
Even Tinier Plants with Dr. Kristen Wroth - Ep 90
A look at plant micro-remains
52 min
128
Archaeo Mad Libs With The Dirt - BONUS
Enjoy this excerpt from Anna and Amber's live stream!
31 min
129
The Dirt Stays Home - Ep 89
A tour of household archaeology
66 min
130
Art Crimes - Ep 88
A look into the world of art and antiquities crimes
48 min
131
Here There Be Dragons: Etiologies - Ep 87
Myths and stories to explain the unexplainable
64 min
132
Check Yourself Before You Shipwreck Yourself - ...
Underwater archaeology.
60 min
133
Green Sahara: The African Humid Period - Ep 85
What was going on 10,000 years ago?
61 min
134
Book Club Bonanza - Ep 84
Archaeology in books, movies, and TV
67 min
135
A Giant April Fool's Episode
No joke, giants aren't real.
34 min
136
Tiny Plants: Paleoethnobotany with Special Gues...
New information from very old plants
72 min
137
A Day at the Museum with Dr. Briana Pobiner - E...
Behind the scenes at the Smithsonian
44 min
138
Mark My Words: Linguistics! - Ep 81
At long last, anthropology's fourth field.
49 min
139
Eat Locally: The Archaeology of Indigenous Amer...
From ancient diets to current impacts.
43 min
140
Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Countering Human Rem...
The Dirt sits down with Dr. Damien Huffer
66 min
141
Hasanlu: An Iron Age Whodunnit - Ep 78
Investigating what happened at "Iran's Pompeii"
49 min
142
The Dirt Travel Club: Bulgaria Edition - Ep 77
Or, How Anna Spent Winter Break
72 min
143
Special Guest Kimberlee Moran and the Arch Stre...
Sitting down with forensic archaeologist Kimberlee Moran
71 min
144
This Is Your Brain on Drums - Ep 75
An altered state achieved from drumming.
47 min
145
Fieldwork Stories - Ep 74
Stories from listeners and the hosts about archaeological fieldwork.
42 min
146
Our Most Metal Episode of All Time - Ep 73
How and when humans first used metals.
52 min
147
It's the (Moral) Circle of Life! - Ep 72
The history of morality.
62 min
148
Aiding and A-vetting: The Archaeology of Animal...
A history of veterinary medicine in the archaeological record.
43 min
149
Japanese Food and Drink, Then, Now, and Way Bac...
44 min
150
Prehistoric Japanese Pt 1 - Ep 69
36 min
151
It's A Wash - Ep 68
The history of bathing and hygiene.
47 min
152
October Bonus Episode - Deep Cuts - Ep 67b
Check out the full episodes!
22 min
153
Still Spooktober: They Built It on a Haunted Bu...
Spooktober continues with a mystery!
33 min
154
Spooktober: The Nature of Evil - Ep 66
An evil send-off into Halloween.
67 min
155
Spooktober: South American Horror Story - Ep65
Featuring a cult of warlocks!
47 min
156
Spooktober: Cryptoanthropology - Ep 64
Studying fringe.
83 min
157
The Professor Is In (And Pseudoscience Is Out) ...
An interview with Dr. Kenneth Fader
85 min
158
Listening to the Oldies - Ep 62
Musical instruments in the archaeological record.
43 min
159
Story Time with Anna: Olaus and the Chamber of ...
A tale from 17th century Sweden
44 min
160
Listener Questions - Ep 60
Keep them coming!
61 min
161
Fun-A with Fauna - Ep 59
Animal bones and what you can learn from them.
46 min
162
The Dirt Potcast: Ceramics in Archaeology - Ep 58
When heated clay and sand can tell us about history.
55 min
163
August Hiatus
We are experiencing technical difficulties!
0 min
164
Cache of the Day - Ep57
43 min
165
Them There Hills: Mounds and the Myth of the Mo...
They're not just big hills.
58 min
166
Troy Story: Heinrich Schliemann and the Power o...
The story of the discovery of Troy.
50 min
167
An Arctic Expedition - Ep 54
Archaeology from the Arctic!
39 min
168
The Climes, They Are A-Changin'
This week, it's a topic that's incredibly relevan…
65 min
169
African Empires: Part Two
We wrap up our whirlwind tour of African Empires …
37 min
170
African Empires: Part One
Amber and Anna dip their toes into the vast histo…
61 min
171
It's Never a Collapse: Angkor Wat
This week, Amber and Anna explore Angkor Wat, the…
42 min
172
Where Do Babies Come From? The Archaeology of C...
This week, we bring you the MIRACLE OF BIRTH. Joi…
60 min
173
News Roundup!
Anna and Amber are both traveling this week, so i…
49 min
174
Prehistoric Beasts and Where to Find Them
It's another Very Special Sponsored Episode this …
48 min
175
Dogtectives on the Case!
This week, we bring you a fascinating, poignant, …
39 min
176
What is Going on with Those Denisovans?!
This week, Anna and Amber sit down to chat about …
43 min
177
This Episode is Revolting
It's another Very Special Sponsored Episode this …
64 min
178
Spilling the Antiqui-Tea: Artifact Trafficking ...
Psst. Do you want to buy some archaeology? WELL W…
41 min
179
Here Be Unicorns: The Ancient Indus Valley
Join Anna and Amber on an excursion to the Indus …
66 min
180
Let's Talk about (Inter)Sex
This week's episode was inspired by news coverage…
40 min
181
Ur Never Going to Believe This
Join Anna and Amber on a tour of third millennium…
67 min
182
Archaeologists Dig Dinosaurs... April Fools!
Hello, and welcome to The Dirt, a podcast all abo…
29 min
183
Helen Hunt Jackson: Woman with a Hobby
Our very first LIVE SHOW, from Cosumnes River Col…
31 min
184
These Boots Were Made for Talking: A Very Brief...
Anna and Amber rummage around on the floor of his…
32 min
185
What Spake Zarathustra?
It's almost officially springtime in the Northern…
61 min
186
Piltdown and Out
It's been hectic over at The Dirt HQ! Rather than…
25 min
187
Lady Statues and Prehistoric Matriarchy
Kick off Women's History Month with a show all ab…
53 min