Au Revoir Bitches!


Hey guys, so I know I said I’d try to get another podcast episode out this month but… not so much with the time and the recording and the posting thing. Basically I just don’t have time. I know, you’re devastated, but try and hold it together- it’s just a month people!

I’m going to be in the great state of Maine next week for a family reunion and then it’s off for a whirlwind 10 days in France where I will be walking the streets of Paris, attending a wedding in Biarritz, and getting my fill of military history in Normandy. I wish I could take you with me, but I’ll do my best to keep you updated on tumblr, twitter, and instagram … if my phone still works over there, probably should’ve looked into that already…

That’s all for now, au revoir and I’ll see you in August for a fabulous podcast on my adventures Française!

McNiven OUT!


A Struggling Archaeologist’s Day of Archaeology Vlog!

Hey everyone, so for the annual #DayofArchaeology I decided to record a vlog for you about my day yesterday. If you’ve ever wondered what I get up to on an average day working on my research from home, then this is the video for you!

I know field work would have been more exciting, so I added a little compilation about the challenges of thesis writing AND an original song I wrote about how awesome archaeology is!

If you liked this video let me know in the comments and I can try to do more of them (and maybe rationalize spending the money on a new camera so it looks a little less like crap). Also, make sure to go to and read some of the amazing blog entries uploaded yesterday by archaeologists from around the world!

Catch you on the flippity flip 🙂 McNiven OUT!

Episode 17 “Great Odin’s Raven- it’s Archaeology 101!


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Hi friends, welcome to Episode 17 of The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty Podcast “Great Odin’s Raven-it’s Archaeology 101!”

In this fun filled episode we tackle some of the basics of excavation, with a focus on why archaeology and geology are old friends- and how this makes us better at what we do. It’s like taking that Archaeology 101 class you never got around to in college! (Unless you actually did take that class, then it’s more of a review of things you probably already know…sorry). In this new segment “Back to Basics with Jenny” I get all lectury on your asses while I impart some sweet knowledge on you like:

  • How did our knowledge of stratification and the geological time scale come to be?
  • How does this relate to dating, fossils, and artifacts?
  • What does any of this have to do with archaeology?
  • Why is Ken Ham a jerk face?
  • What will happen to your stuff when zombies eat your face?
  • What does my imaginary dystopian future look like?
  • What do archaeologists do when we’re not fighting Nazis?

And much much more! Also, there’s a shorty news segment at the beginning of the podcast about a pretty cool new archaeological discovery- namely, THE HAMMER OF THOR! So I threw in some cool stuff about comic-book movies, norse mythology, Tom Hiddleston, ancient runes, Vikings, and Hogwarts just for fun.

That’s all, and if you were wondering what that sweet Mjöllnir (hammer of Thor) amulet looks like- here it is!



This bronze amulet dates to the 10th century and was discovered on the Danish island of Lolland. The runes on the back read “This is a hammer”

(Credit: National Museum of Denmark)



This is an actual depiction of the Norse God Thor wielding said magical hammer.


(Credit: Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios)

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McNiven Out!