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Bringing you stories about pseudo-archaeology and the real stories behind the false claims.




ENCORE Jason Colavito and Ancient Aliens - Episode 14

Sara and Ken Feder interview skeptical xenoarchaeologist, Jason Colavito. They talk to Jason about his work exploring the connections between science, pseudo-science, and speculative fiction. Links Jason's WebsiteJason's Twitter PageContact Email us at Follow us on Twitter at @Archyfantasies and find us on FaceBook. Theme Music by ArcheopSoup Productions


CBC, The Solutrean Hypothesis, and Jennifer Raff - Episode 92

Today we discuss the recent CBC episode of The Nature of Things titled Ice Bridge. We're revisiting the Solutrean Hypothesis as it's put forward by the CBC show, and have Jennifer Raff with us to discuss Haplogroup X. Links CBC under fire for documentary that says first humans to colonize New World sailed from Europe. National Jan 11 2018DNA in Archaeology with Jennifer Raff. ArchyFantasies. The Solutrean Hypothesis – ArchyFantasies Episode 31. DNA in Archaeology with Jennifer...


Contact and Immigration In Archaeology - Episode 91

If you downloaded this before January 23, please re-download. There was an issue with the introduction and a new file was uploaded to fix it. Thanks! Today we talk about cultures south of the US border. We talk about what we expect to see, and do see, when early European cultures come in contact with Native American cultures. We also talk about immigration and how we can track that with archaeology. Links National Monuments dedicated to immigration and the experience of immigrants and...


Welcome 2018 and Bears Ears Update - Episode 90

Welcome to the First episode of 2018! In this episode we talk about the effects of the recent EO on Bears Ears National Monument and other sites of significance. We debate the actual effects and reiterate the importance of these sites. We also talk about The podcast in 2017 and where we'd like to see it go in 2018. Shout out to everyone who's helped us grow this past year and all of our listeners. Here's to another great year on the APN! Links Bears Ears National Monument - Arch365...


The Place of Stone - Dighton Rock with Douglas Hunter - Episode 89

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 HunterDighton RockDighton Rock State Park Contact ArcheoSoup Productions


Magical Jinn and where to Find them with Mark Allen Peterson - Episode 88

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 Articles on Jinn Dr. Peterson's article "From Jinn to Genies Intertextuality, Media, and the Making of Global Folklore" is Chapter 5 in Folklore/Cinema: Popular...


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. Links Eric Cline Eric Cline on Junk Science and Archaeology1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Eric Cline, PhD)From Eden to Exile -- The Story Behind the StoriesThree Stones Make a Wall - By Eric...


GenCon50 and Gaming with Scott - Episode 86

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 ArcheoSoup Productions


Haunted Objects with MonsterTalk - Episode 85

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 PodcastDemon DollsHELL HATH NO FURRY!Hexham Heads, ley lines, and Wear-sheep-menCrystal Skulls and Herkimer VodkaWorld’s First Haunted Object 3D Scanning Project...


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. Links Dr. James Bielo - Miami UniversityJames S. Bielo - HomeJames Bielo on the Ark Encounter - Miami UniversityArk Encounter: Life-size Noah's ArkArk Encounter: The Making of a Creationist Theme ParkJames S. BieloMaking...


The Enigmatic Iximaya Hoax With Roxanne Davila and Marcello Canuto - Episode 83

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 MARIRoxanne DavilaMarcello CanutoIximaya Pamphlet ChelJohn Lloyd StephensIncidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and...


Mermaids and Mummies - Episode 82

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 HoaxesPre-Columbian bodies are once again being used as evidence for extraterrestrial life.Did Researchers Find a Mummified, Three-fingered Alien in Nazca, Peru?Proof of aliens or another hoax? Conspiracy theorists claim they have found a three-fingered 'mummified...


(Re-Play) Afrocentrism and the New World - Episode 81 (16)

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...


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. Links FAMSI resourcesMaya Glyph WorkbookWayeb resourcesForest of KingsMaya Decipherment Blog by David Stuart and Stephen...


Walking Moai Statues with Fernanda Meneses - Episode 79

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 and Easter Island PrehistoryMoai Culture WebsiteList of the moai in popular cultureHow did the Easter Island Statues Get There? They Might...


Hobby Lobby and the Illegal Antiquities Trade with Donna Yates - Episode 78

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 YatesAnonymous Swiss CollectorCambodia's looted treasuresUNESCO ConstitutionHobby Lobby fined $3 million for smuggled Iraqi artifactsSpotlight on Hobby Lobby’s Biblical Collection After Smuggle CaseIslam,...


Indiana Jones and Pseudoarchaeology - Episode 77

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 IndyTranscript of the Writing Session for Raiders of the Lost ArkRaiders of the Lost ArchiveSecret of the...


Islam, ISIS, and Black Market Artifacts with Nathan French - Episode 76

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-RikazAncient palace emerges from under Mosul shrine destroyed by ISISTrafalgar Square 3D Printed Arch aka Archy...


Antiquities Laws and Regulations - Episode 75

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...


The Gungywamp - Episode 74

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 GungywampAtlas Obscura - GungywampInterpreting the Gungywamp: Evidence & Implications of an Irish Early Christian Papar Provenience (PPT slides)Evidence of a Native American Solar Observatory on Sunset Hill...