Blog Post #31: An Interview with the Student Sound Editors behind the Peopling the Past Podcast

This week we want you to get to know the Acadia University students working behind the scenes on the Peopling the Past podcast. Get to know our research assistants Cassandra Palmer and Lauren Millett as we interview them about their involvement with the project.

Upcoming Event: Ancient History Day

We’ve got some exciting news to share! We’ve partnered with our friends at Digital Hammurabi and some of our favourite ancient History YouTube content creators to bring you a day filled with ancient history videos. Join us on Saturday, July 24th, as we present two videos for this event. One will feature Dr. Roselyn A. Campbell on Paleo-oncology, the other will be presented by Dr. Kara Cooney on Women and Power in Egypt. You won’t want to miss this event!

Podcast Season 2 Episode 8 – Breaking the Mold: Quasi-Official Coinage in Roman Egypt with Irene Soto Marín

On this episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Irene Soto Marín, an assistant professor of classical studies at the University of Michigan and the assistant curator of numismatics at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

Listen in, as she discusses the role of Quasi-Official Coinage in Roman Egypt, notably coins produced by state agents outside of the official mint in Alexandria in order to respond to local needs.

Podcast Season 2, Episode 7 – Practical Magic: Ancient Roman Smells and Spells with Britta Ager

On this episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Britta Ager, an assistant professor of Classics at Arizona State University.

Listen in, as Dr. Ager talks about the various forms of magic that are used in the ancient Roman world, especially spells and curses. She also tells us about the role of scents and smellscapes in the practice of ancient rituals.

Peopling the Past, Video #12: Chelsea Gardner talks about Ancient Tainaron

In the twelfth instalment of the Peopling the Past video series, Dr. Chelsea Gardner, Associate Professor of Ancient History in the Department of History & Classics at Acadia University, discusses the ancient site of Tainaron at the southern tip of the Peloponnese, including the mythical entrance to the underworld located there and the people who travelled to the site in search of sanctuary.

Podcast Season 2, Episode 6 – Using Olive It: Sustainable Fuel Production in the Ancient Mediterranean with Erica Rowan

On this episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Erica Rowan, a lecturer in classical archaeology at Royal Holloway University of London and is the founding editor of the Archaeology of Food and Foodways Journal.

Listen in, as Dr. Rowan tells us about how waste from olive oil processing was used as a sustainable fuel source across the ancient Mediterranean. She also tells us about how this process continues in the modern world.

Podcast Season 2, Episode 5 – In Living Colour: Painting and Pigments with Hilary Becker

On this episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Hilary Becker, an assistant professor classics at Binghamton University.

Listen in, as Dr. Becker explains the role of pigments in the ancient world, including their use in medication, cosmetics and, of course, painting. We also get to talk about her excavations at Sant’Omobono and the possible discovery of Rome’s only surviving pigment shop.

Blog Post #30: Producing the short film “Sēmata (Signs)” for the curated exhibition, “An Archaeology of Disability”

As a continuation of “New Projects Month”, we bring you an interview with three collaborators who worked on the original film-work, “Sēmata (Signs)” that appears in “An Archaeology of Disability”, curated by David Gissen, Jennifer Stager, and Mantha Zarmakoupi for the Biennale Architettura 2021. Actor Christopher Tester, voice actor Pia Hargrove, and creative consultant Caroline Cerilli reflect on the inspirations and hopes behind their work on the film, and what “An Archaeology of Disability” teaches us, both about people in the past and about ourselves in today’s world.

Peopling the Past, Video #11: Victoria Austen talks about Roman Gardens

In the eleventh instalment of our video series, Dr. Victoria Austen discusses gardens and gardening in the Roman world, including the types of gardens and what was grown, the structure and decoration of garden space, and the sources we have for understanding gardening in the Roman household.