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

  • July 17, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Thanks so much Jessica! I freaking love the Emperor’s New Groove, I’m glad you recognized it. My college friends and I used to say that line all the time. Good luck with your studies, and thanks for listening to the podcast!

  • July 8, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Hi. My name is Jessica and I’m a anthropologist in training and I love your podcast, Guide to gettin dirty. I herd your current podcast yesterday and you quoted a movie about a hammer. That movie is the Emperor’s New groove:-) I’m looking forward to your next podcast and have fun on your next trip.

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