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.

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.

Podcast Season 2, Episode 4 – Going with the Flow: Water Systems in North Africa with Mark Locicero

In Season 2, Episode 4 of the Peopling the Past podcast, we sit down with Dr. Mark Locicero, a research fellow at the University of British Columbia, to talk about water systems at the Roman North African site of Volubilis.

Podcast Season 2, Episode 3 – Portrait of a Palmyran Man: Ancient Syrian Identity with Blair Fowlkes Childs

In Season 2, Episode 3 of the Peopling the Past podcast, we sit down with Dr. Blair Fowlkes Childs, who holds a Ph.D. in classical art and archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Listen in, as Dr. Fowlkes Childs takes us through her exciting research on funerary art from Palmyra, Syria.

Podcast Season 2, Episode 2 – Grave Matters: Resting Places for Regular People with Liana Brent

On Season 2, Episode 2 of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Liana Brent, the visiting assistant professor in the Department of Classics at Kenyon College, who tells us all about her research on Roman burials and grave reuse.

Podcast Season 2, Episode 1 – If the (Roman) Shoe fits: Elizabeth M. Greene and footwear from Vindolanda

Season 2 is finally here. This season, we’re shifting our focus to Roman Art and Archaeology. To start us off, we are joined by Dr. Elizabeth M. Greene, Associate Professor of Classics at Western University, who will tell us all about her research on footwear at the Roman military fort of Vindolanda in Britain.

Peopling the Past Podcast Season 2 Preview

And we’re back. That’s right, our popular Peopling the Past Podcast is returning for Season 2. This season, we’ll take listeners on a journey through under-explored aspects of archaeology, history, material culture and everyday life in the ancient Roman world, from Egypt to Italy, Syria to England, Morocco to Turkey, and more!

Podcast Season 1, Episode 12 – Thrown Together: Potters, Painters, and Ceramic Production with Sanchita Balachandran

On this episode of the Peopling the Past Podcast, we are joined by Sanchita Balachandran, Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum.

Listen in, as she speaks to us about the sensory experience of ancient potters and painters, her experimental archaeology project at Johns Hopkins, and the underdrawings on Greek painted pottery.