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Hey you guys, Jenny here, just wanted to share the exciting news that once again The Struggling Archaeologist has been listed as one of the best archaeology podcasts by The podcast has been featured consistently since 2015 alongside some other really great shows, some that you may even recognize from the Archaeology Podcast Network! is a great source for audio programming from news to entertainment in basically every different genre you can imagine. Together, the top 8 archaeology podcasts alone (including this one) have generated 68 million views!

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Episode 26 “The REAL Game of Thrones”



Hey everybody! I’m back for the 26th episode of the Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty, and this is a pretty cool one, it’s time for the “REAL Game of Thrones!”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably noticed that it’s Game of Thrones time once again. So while you’re catching up on life in Westeros this season why not enjoy a bit of the history behind George R. R. Martin’s addictive series. While there’s lots to choose from, this episode focuses on the links between the Lannister/Stark feud and the English monarchy during the Wars of the Roses.


As I mention in the podcast, my inspiration for this episode came from the excellent docu-history special “The Real History Behind Game of Thrones” from the 5th season Blu-ray special features. It’s a great look at the Wars of the Roses and GoT with interviews with Martin and historians like cutie McCutie Dan Jones. I suggest you go buy the Blu-ray to have access to the special, but I will add that it may or may not be available on YouTube by some dubious means which I don’t in any way condone. But you know us history lovers, we do what we’ve gotta do.

I’ve taken some examples from the special and done my own research to expand upon them, so you can use the podcast as a companion to the special. Or, just listen to me because I’m awesomer. I will warn you that I have mentioned events from the series through the end of season 4, so major SPOILER ALERT, you will be spoiled if you listen- and believe me- you don’t want to be spoiled, so maybe don’t listen if you haven’t seen the show yet. If you watch the special there are spoilers through season 5, so be ready for it and don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Finally, here is a handy chart of the royal lineages most relevant to the history and the podcast from the Wars of the Roses. Study it, you will be thankful when I’ve mentioned the names Edward, Henry, and Richard about 500 times each.

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Now here are some links for funsies:

Dan Jones’ Book The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors

George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire Series

Game of Thrones Season 5 Blu-ray featuring The Real History of Game of Thrones special

The Hollow Crown series on Netflix

(I’m not being paid to peddle any of these things, but you might enjoy them and it only feels right to recommend them after referring to each in the podcast)

So there you have it, sit back and enjoy this badass Game of Thrones podcast. Comparisons will be made, heads will be lost, and spoilers will abound. So beware, but enjoy the awesomeness that is the REAL Game of Thrones!

McNiven OUT!

Episode 25 “P’cola Pride”


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Hey everybody! I’m back for the 25th episode of the Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty, “P’cola Pride.”

In this episode we explore two difference phases of early exploration and settlement in North America. First, the Vikings, because Vikings don’t need an explanation they’re Vikings. Second, a recent discovery in Pensacola has revealed the location of an early Spanish settlement that has brought Spanish colonialism back into the spotlight. So sit back and enjoy, I promise I only mention Columbus once, the scoundrel!

If you’d like to check out more about the topics covered in this episode, here are some links for you to peruse.

Also, if you’re wondering if I have heard the awesome news about yet another potential Viking settlement Discovery in Canada, this one by space archaeologist Sarah Parcak- yes I have! I read about it just as the podcast was going to press. You can read about it here, and I may actually write a blog post about it shortly. Just more compelling evidence for in early Norse presence in North America!

Enjoy the show friends. Remember you can also check out my show and many other great archaeology podcasts at the Archaeology Podcast Network

McNiven Out!