Hi everyone. It is too early in the podcast for me to have a Halloween themed episode (as far as I know, Neanderthals were the first human species to develop burial practices, and that isn’t for a few more episodes). So, I thought I’d share with you what I listened to today on my commute: At The Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft. I’m listening to an excellent version you can download for free (Uvula Audio) and I’m really enjoying it. If you have an audible subscription, they have a daily deal for the story for $1.95 (a different recording) or with 1 credit. If you don’t have an audible subscription, you can get the At the Mountains of Madness with a free trial by visiting this link (via Ryan of The History of Ancient Greece): www.audible.com/ancientgreece.
Also, if you’re curious about the antiquated paleontology/geology in Lovecraft’s story, give a listen to an excellent book called The Dragon Seekers about the origins of paleontology. In The Dragon Seekers, Christopher McGowan relates the real and startling discovery of the dinosaurs which provided fodder for Lovecraft’s masterful tale (also from Audible and possible with a free trial).
Ryan does have a Halloween themed episode on the Underworld. Give it a listen (here)!
Hello Everyone! Episode 3 is now live! Episode 4, which returns to Crete, should be coming in the next couple of weeks (stay tuned). If you follow The History of Greece on Soundcloud or subscribe on iTunes or Podcast Republic, you should be able to get the new episode. It has not yet arrived in the iTunes store. I’m still in the process of making sure it has posted properly everywhere else.
A special thank you to Ryan of The History of Ancient Greece for letting me know about my RSS feed problem.
Hi everyone! Episode 2 is now on iTunes! Please, if you get a chance, rate the show on iTunes and/or your preferred method of listening. I would really appreciate it and it would help increase the reach of the podcast.
Also, do you listen to podcasts on something other than SoundCloud, iTunes, Podcast Republic, Stitcher, or Google Play? I’m happy to post elsewhere, I just need to figure out where else to go. Comment or send me an email.
Also, does it bother you that the episodes are showing up in reverse chronological order (the most recent one first)? If it does (let me know), does anyone have a way to fix this?
‘Episode 2: Sailing the Paleolithic Mediterranean’ also known as ‘Archaeologists Found Some Really Cool Rocks on Crete and I Spend 40 Minutes Explaining How Exciting They Are’.
I want to thank you all for your patience. This episode is a bit belated for a number of reasons. The main problem was that I realized, a few weeks back, that I made a huge error in interpreting the data and my timeline was completely wrong. In desperation, I sent an email with a some technical to Professor Strasser who is the director of the Plakias Stone Age Project. He was extremely kind and took the time to provide me with the answers I needed to try to fix up my script. Particularly, he confirmed a suspicion of mine that the Lower Paleolithics finds on Crete were probably much older than the 130,000 terminus ante quem, but said that there was not enough data, as of yet, to definitively date them before that point. There may still be errors in the episode; this period of archaeology is all new to me and I am fallible. However, this episode is a lot better than it was due to Professor Strasser’s assistance and I hope to be able to garner some interest among listeners in the Plakias Project and in Stone Age Greece more generally.
So, here is the long-awaited episode 2!
A fair warning: I had to gloss over a lot of the controversies in paleoanthropology. Please be patient with my over-simplification. The script is coming out soon (once I finish polishing up citations) and the word-count of the footnotes is about the same as the word-count of the episode. In these footnotes, I tried to deal with some of the some of the controversial issues as well as clarify information for those who are interested. Once the script comes out, I’d love to hear your thoughts about my presentation and interpretation of the archaeological data. Although if there’s something I got blatantly wrong, obviously feel free to contact me before the script is posted.
Please leave me comments (or send me an email: historyofgreecepodcast AT gmail DOT com) and let me know what you think about the episode! Did you like it? Did I talk too fast? Was the content interesting? Was the episode too long or too short? Your comments will help guide me for future episodes.
Also, if you are an expert on Stone Age Greece or paleoanthropology or Mediterranean/Aegean geology and might consider giving an interview on the podcast, shoot me an email and we can discuss possibilities. If your an expert in a later period (like the Bronze Age) and you’re interested, please contact me as well. I can record interviews earlier or add them into the chronology later (although I won’t actually do interviews on later periods for a while– I have to do enough research to make sure I can ask good questions).
For those of you who are interested in the Plakias Stone Age Project, you can check out their website or donate. I’m not affiliated with the project, but I think it’s pretty interesting work and archaeology could always use more funding.
Also, I’m going to try to make a few helpful charts, as well as updating the glossary and the bibliography ASAP. Stay tuned.
Hi everyone. Episode 2 is quite the journey! But it looks like I’m going to get some help from an expert in the field, so I hope the wait will be worth it. I
For those of you who are interested in a preview, I’m going to be using a lot of data from the Plakias Survey Project as well as trying to provide a quick introduction to paleoanthroplogy and how the Greek finds figure into this. It looks like there is enough information for three episodes on the Paleolithic (and hopefully, since I’ve done a lot of the groundwork, the next two episodes will be much faster).
Hi everyone! I got a cold, lost my voice for a few days, and got a bit behind. My voice is almost back. So, the next episode will come out sometime next week, after I finish up the script (which needs a bit more tweaking) this week and then do my recording over the weekend.