Cooking With Archaeologists: Food, Fieldwork, And Stories.


The purpose of this podcast is to share the stories and food recipes of the people who uncover our shared past-the field archaeologist. The field archaeologists is a unique individual. Their work is to excavate, recover, and survey our human past. In some sense they are modern-day nomads following the seasonal cycle of available work across the globe. Like all nomads they have few personal possessions and only live at one location for a short period of time. This non-traditional life is challenging in terms of having a normal life but with it comes unique experiences that few people get to enjoy. For the field archaeologist one of the most important experiences of their day is the shared evening meal.The evening meal is probably the most important part of the day. This is when everyone comes together and shares food. Like traditional family meals this is when the day is discussed, stories are shared, and food is enjoyed.Food is culture. It defines who we are and it is one of the cultural artifacts that brings people together. For the field archaeologist there are memories involved in the making and eating food that we the editors of this blog believe that are important to share with the world. What better way to learn and experience archaeology then from the women and men doing the hard work- the field archaeologist!


  • Glass analysis from the Muslim and Christian Period and Bangers and Mash

    Glass analysis from the Muslim and Christian Period and Bangers and Mash

    23/03/2017 Duración: 24min

    Dr. Chloe Duckworth from Newcastle University pops by to discuss glass analysis and the Muslim and Christian Period (711 to 1492 AD) from the Iberian Peninsula. Chloe really knows her stuff when it comes to glass and we really learned a lot today! This makes sense since Chloe is a Lecturer in Archaeological Material Sciences at Newcastle University so she really knows how to present this complex and fascinating topic to the public.  Chloe is currently running several projects the Madinat al-Zahra Project and the Alhambra Royal Workshops Project. Did we mention her video-blog Archaeo Duck on YouTube?!?! You should check it out! What a great production and she really explains archaeology so well! Below will be the links to her work!  Finally, Chloe shares with us her bangers and mash recipe! 

  • Kaibab National Forest with Southwest style pancakes

    Kaibab National Forest with Southwest style pancakes

    15/03/2017 Duración: 30min

    Did you ever ask yourself that question, Why does the United States Forest Service need archaeologists? Well, in today's podcast you will find out! Archaeologist Neil Weintraub sits down with us to talk about his work at the United States Forest Service and Kaibab National Forest. Neil has been working at the USFS and in Kaibab National Forest since the late 1980s. This is an exciting talk about archaeology, the life of an archaeologist working for the USFS, and some of the interesting and important projects the USFS undertakes. But wait!!! It gets even better....Neil shares with us his Southwest style pancakes! WE are not kidding! Pancakes! After you hear Neil's interview you are going to want two things: pancakes and a road trip to Kaibab National Forest.     

  • Military sites, Shaker villages, and paella

    Military sites, Shaker villages, and paella

    08/03/2017 Duración: 19min

    We chat with Dr. David Starbuck, who is a Professor of Archaeology at Plymouth State University (New Hampshire) and is an adjunct professor at the State University of New York Adirondack, about his archaeology projects and what it means to be an archaeologist. David has two projects taking place in two different states.  In the state of New Hampshire he is excavating Shaker Villages and in New York State he excavates military sites. This summer he will be returning to the Fort Edward site where he has been working for years excavating the remains from the French and Indian War (1754-1763) and the American Revolution (1775-1783).   Saying David is busy would be an understatement! We have a great chat about what is archaeology and what it means to be an archaeologist. David's years of experience and insight offer up some thoughtful and motivating responses for those within archaeology and for those who just love the past.  Finally, he talks about his love term love of paella!   

  • Spicy Chickpea Burger, being a woman within archaeology, and art.

    Spicy Chickpea Burger, being a woman within archaeology, and art.

    01/03/2017 Duración: 34min

    Shannon Landry is an archaeologist and zooarchaeologist working in Colorado for Alpine Archaeological Consultants. She talks about her experience working within cultural resource management (CRM) and the different avenues archaeologists just starting their careers can take within the field.  We also talk about her experience as a female archaeologist, the need for more females to work within CRM and where she believes archaeology is headed.    Shannon is also a talented artist, see the drawing posted! She discusses how she uses archaeology and working with material culture as an influence on creating her art. This is something we never thought about and it was really inspiring to hear Shannon talk about how her two passions fuse into something meaningful.    Finally, if it could not get any better, Shannon shares her burger recipe! Not just any burger but a spicy chickpea burger made with love on a hot plate in a hotel room. That's truly burger-devotion! 

  • Chocolate chip cookies, pulled pork chicken, and prehistoric New England

    Chocolate chip cookies, pulled pork chicken, and prehistoric New England

    15/02/2017 Duración: 45min

    Gail Golec is a fascinating and multi-faceted archaeologist based in New Hampshire which is part of New England in the United States. She was kind enough to take a break from writing to join us on the air and tell us her story. Which all began in forensic anthropology class where as an undergraduate she helped local police with their investigations.  Very cool! When Gail is not working at a local cultural resource management (CRM) firm she is working on her own projects. She has several ongoing projects at the moment. We talk about her work with several Paleoindian sites from the Connecticut River Valley. This has been a continuous project for several years investigating the earliest human inhabitants of this part of New England dating back 14,000 to 12,500 years ago.  We also talk about her work with local historic cemeteries.  This project is an investigative project into the lives of everyday people. Gail is in the early stages of developing this project into a podcast called, "The Secret Life of Death." I

  • Contract archaeology, research in Jordan and Iran, and do-it-yourself re-hydration

    Contract archaeology, research in Jordan and Iran, and do-it-yourself re-hydration

    08/02/2017 Duración: 27min

    Ingeborg Saehle, from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), joins us to talk about her experience within contract archaeology and doing research in Jordan and Iran. Everyone enters archaeology for different reasons but by and large, the vast majority of people are following their passion for the past. Enter Ingeborg Saehle, she is no different. We have a candid talk about the pros and cons of being a field archaeologist. This is a great discussion for anyone curious about archaeology as a career path.  In the second part of the interview, we talk about her research in Jordan and Iran. Ingeborg made the conscious choice to pursue her passion for prehistoric archaeology. There is a lesson in here for everyone!  Finally, for all you survivalists and city-slickers, Ingeborg drops down some serious recipe for a re-hydration solution for anyone working in hot environments. This is truly a potentially life-saving recipe!  

  • Snowshill Manor, model village excavation, and fried egg sandwiches.

    Snowshill Manor, model village excavation, and fried egg sandwiches.

    01/02/2017 Duración: 27min

    Jennifer Rowley-Bowen from the National Trust in the UK speaks with us about her work at the Snowshill Manor and Garden.  The Snowshill Manor was once owned by the eccentric Charles Wade. Who over his lifetime amassed a large collection of cultural artifacts-each with their own unique story. Jenny recounts some of the stories from the collection and talks about the on-going archaeological excavation of a model village that Charles Wade had built, which over the years fell into disrepair. We also talk about her volunteer work at an excavation of a Romano-British ville (AD 43-410) and the community of friends that came out of that experience. This last bit is really great because it details the true experience of archaeological fieldwork complete with the occasional drink and making do with what you have. 

  • Turkey, early horse domestication with baked ziti

    Turkey, early horse domestication with baked ziti

    25/01/2017 Duración: 27min

    Prof. Pam Crabtree from New York University took time from her busy schedule to speak with us. Pam is a zooarchaeologist who has worked on archaeological sites from all over the world. Globally, she is recognized as a leading expert within zooarchaeology.  We talk about her ongoing project in Ireland at the Dun Ailinne site.  And her more recent involvement in the Kinik Hoyuk and Tepecik projects in Turkey. We go into great detail about these projects, the research to investigate early horse domestication from southern Cappadocia, and her baked ziti recipe that is fit to feed a small army of hungry archaeologists!

  • Submerged prehistoric landscapes, surfing, and grilling.

    Submerged prehistoric landscapes, surfing, and grilling.

    18/01/2017 Duración: 43min

    Dr. Jonathan Benjamin from Flinders University in Austrailia joins us to speak about his work with submerged prehistoric landscapes. Jonathan is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the subject which is evident in our interview. We talk about his Ph.D. research in the Adriatic Sea and what are the current trends in underwater archaeology.   For those who have the interest to pursue a career in academia, Jonathan offers some candid advice based on his own experience.  This is a refreshing conversation about what it takes to become an academic.  We also talk about his joy for surfing. Jonathan, who grew up in California, is no stranger to the ocean or surfing. And finally, Jonathan is a passionate cook and food lover! This is a real treat to get some great advice about grilling. Whether it be chicken or fish, Jonathan provides us with his own insights on how to grill properly.   

  • French Style Potato Soup and Bioarchaeology

    French Style Potato Soup and Bioarchaeology

    11/01/2017 Duración: 29min

    Guro Rolandsen comes to us from Oslo Norway to talk about her passion for bioarchaeology. She is a passionate scientist making her mark in Norwegian archaeology through the analysis of human skeletal remains. This is a really nice talk for anyone who has an interest in how skeletal remains aid archaeologists in their quest to better understand our past. It's also an inspirational talk because Guro is 26 years old and has decided to take the initiative in her career and direct it the way she wishes. Hats off to that!!    Guro shares her French style potato soup recipe. We have yet to try this recipe but we plan to in the next couple of months while the cold winter lingers on here in cold New England!    Let us know what you think of the recipe by leaving a comment! We'd love to hear from you!

  • Ethno-archaeology, pottery, communities of practice, and eggplant in the Egyptian desert

    Ethno-archaeology, pottery, communities of practice, and eggplant in the Egyptian desert

    29/12/2016 Duración: 34min

    Dr Sonali Gupta joins us today to speak about her research in Egypt. Sonali is a Lecturer and the Director of Public Programs at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California Los Angeles. She not only holds a PhD in archaeology from UCLA she also has a JD from the University of Delhi, India.  This is an extremely accomplished woman! Sonali's research brings together the ethnographic research of contemporary pottery making and archaeological pottery remains from a Greco-Roman site from Karanis, Egypt. This is a fascinating study of communities of practice. Anyone who wishes to learn more about the benefits and rigour of doing ethnographic fieldwork should have a listen to this podcast. At the closing of our interview, Sonali shares with us her mother's eggplant recipe. This is a dish she made while doing her fieldwork in Egypt. With the Egyptian Revolution in full swing, Sonali made this dish with limited resources for her colleagues and some local nomads. It's a real heart-warming story

  • Paleolithic of the Iberian Peninsula and Salmorejo from Andalucia

    Paleolithic of the Iberian Peninsula and Salmorejo from Andalucia

    04/12/2016 Duración: 26min

    Cooking with Archaeologists was fortunate enough to speak with Javier Baena Preysler of Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.  Javier is a Professor of Prehistory and Archaeology and has been a pioneer within Experimental Archaeology for Spanish archaeology since the 1990s. Javier shares with us his years of experience working with lithic technologies of the Iberian Peninsula palaeolithic.  He has a passion for archaeology and a passion for teaching that is so apparent throughout the interview. It was a real pleasure to speak with Javier. We hope you enjoy the interview!  Javier shares with us his mother's recipe for salmorejo. This is a real treat! Thanks Javier for sharing!

  • Norse Religion and Mythology over Mackerel

    Norse Religion and Mythology over Mackerel

    18/11/2016 Duración: 52min

    Arild Klokkervoll, from the Archaeological Museum in Stavanger, shares with us his views and thoughts about Norse religion and mythology. This is a fascinating discussion into the world of religion and mythology led by a scholar who has spent much of his career devoted to these topics.  Arild is a true scholar so anyone who has an interest in "all things" Norse is in for a real treat and eye-opening discussion.  At the end of the podcast Arild presents to us his special mackerel pasta recipe! 

  • Secrets of the Ice interview

    Secrets of the Ice interview

    18/10/2016 Duración: 23min

    Ever heard of glacier archaeology? No!? Well, neither have we until today!  Lars Pilo and his colleague Espen Finstad from Oppland fylkeskommune are two daring glacial archaeologists working in the cold and unforgiving mountains of Norway. Lars joins us to discuss their work and their project, "Secrets of the Ice". The work they are doing is not only adventurous but it is groundbreaking and is changing our knowledge of the past almost daily. Lars mentions some of the incredible finds that they have recovered from hunting equipment to a 3500-year-old animal skin shoe and a woven mitten from the Viking period. Besides all of the glitz and glamour that comes with this project, the logistics are another matter. Lars talks about some of the challenges of working in a high altitude environment. It's not for everyone! This is a great podcast, especially for all you adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers! 

  • Micromorphology in China, prehistoric pottery, and lots of food recipes!

    Micromorphology in China, prehistoric pottery, and lots of food recipes!

    13/09/2016 Duración: 46min

    Ilaria Patania from Boston University brings with her today her excitement and passion for archaeology. It was a real treat to speak with her and very inspiring to hear Ilaria speak about her exciting cave research project in China and the other projects she has going on across the United States. In addition to that, she also talks about her public outreach project called Eating Archaeology. This is a very cool project that provides an "out of the box" solution to connect with the public. At this point you will be wondering the same as us, "When does this woman sleep"? Anyway, everyone should have a listen to this fascinating interview. In the end, Ilaria hits us with not just one but FIVE recipes. The last one being a secret family recipe!  Tough act to follow....

  • Viking reenactments, Viking weaponry, and pancakes

    Viking reenactments, Viking weaponry, and pancakes

    25/08/2016 Duración: 29min

    Jon Reinhardt Husvegg from the Archaeology Museum of Stavanger talks with us about his work as a Viking reenactor and Viking weaponry.  Anyone interested in reenacting should have a listen to what Jon has to say. We've had long conversations with Jon about his work as a reenactor. This is a guy who really knows a lot about Viking weaponry too. In the end, Jon reveals his secret pancake recipe.

  • Lebanese archaeology with rose apple pie

    Lebanese archaeology with rose apple pie

    14/08/2016 Duración: 26min

    Nada Elias from the University of Bordeaux talks with us about her fascinating research into the funerary practices and biological identities during the Lebanese Roman Period (1st century B.C. - 4th century A.D.). Her research involved over 250 individuals from two sites located in modern day Lebanon. Nada discusses with us her findings and the significance of her exciting work. Nada has recently returned from field work in Turkey. Where she had the privilege to work on one archaeology's most prestigious sites- Catal Huyuk. She shares with us her experience working on such complex excavation. From the interview,  you get the impression that it was a lot of work but that she was surrounded by wonderful people. Finally, Nada reveals to us her mind blowing apple pie recipe. Check out her recipe and photo for this amazing pie!!    

  • Navajo archaeology and roasted prairie dog

    Navajo archaeology and roasted prairie dog

    25/07/2016 Duración: 37min

    William Tsosie, a Tribal archaeologist for the Navajo Nation Heritage and Preservation Department, speaks with us today about the history and archaeology of the Navajo Nation. We touch upon Will's early life growing up a pastoralist community and some of the issues that the Navajo people are confronting today. It's a rare and fascinating look into Native American culture and life. For Americans, who know little about the Indigenous communities of the United States, this is an important podcast. For those of you who hunt and/or forage, there is an excellent discussion about some of the traditional foods of the Navajo people. Will shares with us a traditional method for roasting prairie dog and sheep's head. Hope you enjoy it! 

  • Primitive technologies, food, and roasted marrow bones with wild greens salad

    Primitive technologies, food, and roasted marrow bones with wild greens salad

    13/07/2016 Duración: 33min

    Joining us in this exciting podcast is Bill Schindler,  Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Washington College.  Bill is an expert in experimental archaeology and primitive technologies who has a very real and deep passion for archaeology. This is an inspiring interview with a person who has thrown himself into his subject. Bill is a humble guy who loves to share his knowledge whether it is about primitive technologies, foraging, or food.  It's all there in this interview!  He takes us through his younger years of hunting and foraging and brings us right up to one of his current projects working on the television show "The Great Human Race" produced by the National Geographic Channel. Bill delivers on the recipe end of the spectrum as well. Check out his recipe for roasted marrow bones and wild greens!

  • Open-air museums and Stone Age patties

    Open-air museums and Stone Age patties

    06/07/2016 Duración: 21min

    Roeland Paardekooper from EXARC joins us to speak about his work with open-air museums, education, and archaeological tourism. Roeland's passion for archaeology goes back several decades. His passion and devotion to the field come across in our talk. If you are curious about open-air museums then this is a talk you must listen to. In our discussion, we learn about the educational value of open-air museums and how they connect young people and the general public to archaeology. We also talk about the growing industry of archaeological tourism which is connected to educating the public about our shared past. Roeland also reveals his current project of creating a repository for archaeological documents. This is a monumental task and one that truly shows Roeland's passion for archaeology and his belief in educating the public. Finally, Roeland presents us with a delicious and simple recipe from the Stone Age.  

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