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

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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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