All things gin with some really fascinating archaeology

Joe Flatman
Flatman. Joe Flatman.

Dr. Joe Flatman is the Head of Listing Programmes at Historic England. He was formerly the County Archaeologists of Surrey in southeast England and a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at University College London. You can follow him on Twitter @joeflatman.

In today’s podcast, Joe Flatman speaks with us about the work of Historic England and his deep passion for archaeology. We learned a lot today about the fascinating projects at Historic England. Archaeologists do more than just dig up the past. We connect the present to the past! Find out more from Joe in this interview!

Also, be sure to check out Joe’s book, “Archaeology: A Beginner’s Guide.” Actually, the link below will take you to several of Joe’s published books. We aren’t sure when this guy sleeps….

Finally, there is no evidence to suggest that Joe is a big fan of James Bond or not but we do discover that he loves gin. In fact, he can’t stop talking about gin. Seriously. Joe offers up a fantastic recipe for roast pork with junipers and gin and tonic cake!

Here are the recipe links: 

Roasted pork with juniper

Gin and tonic cake

Joe’s favorite gin

Here is the link to Joe’s books!

Joe’s book!

Music by: Royalty Free Music from Bensound

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

Dr. Chloe Duckworth, Lecturer and YouTube superstar!

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!

Recipe! Chloe’s Cretan Bangers and Mash

Sausages (the bangers)
If you can get them, the best are Cumberland or Lincoln sausages!

For the meat gravy
1-2 onions, chopped or sliced
Some Cretan herbs, e.g. oregano
A dollop of English mustard
Meat stock
Salt and pepper
Flour or cornflour (to thicken)

For the mash
Potatoes, cubed
1-2 sticks of butter per ½ lb potatoes
½ cup of milk per ½ lb potatoes

Grill the sausages for approximately 10 minutes on a medium heat. Put them in a casserole dish, and add the onions, the herbs, mustard and stock. You may need to add a little water to stop it drying out. Put the casserole dish into an oven at about 200 C (400 F) and cook for 20-30 minutes.
For the mash, boil the potatoes and drain them. Return them to the pan, add butter and milk, and mash them. Season with salt and pepper.
I serve this in large bowls, with the mash in the centre, and the sausages on top. There should be plenty of gravy over the sausages and all around the mash! Great comfort food.

Here are the links!

Archaeo Duck

Newcastle University

Mind blowing archaeology project! 

Music by: Royalty Free Music from Bensound

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Kaibab National Forest with Southwest style pancakes

Neil Weintraub, USFS
Neil Weintraub: USFS archaeologist, trail runner, and New York Mets fan! (Photo by Dyan Bone. U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest )

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.

Archaeologists at the USFS get the best equipment!
Kaibab National Forest
The beautiful Kaibab National Forest!

Here are some important links to check out!!

Kaibab National Forest

Kaibab National Forest Archaeology and Heritage Program (to the right are pdfs and one about the Photo-historic Reshoot Project)

Arizona State Parks and Trails

Northern Arizona Trail Runners Association

Music by: Royalty Free Music from Bensound

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Military sites, Shaker villages, and paella

David Starbuck
Prof. David Starbuck

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!

The excavation of a barracks fireplace Roger’s Island (1990s).

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, David talks about his long love of paella!

The excavation of a hut site Roger’s Island (1990s).

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

Shannon Landry, archaeologist, and soon-to-be-famous artist!

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.

During a block survey for the USFS in New Mexico

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.

Mind blown!

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!

Spicy Chickpea Burger recipe!


1 large jalapeño

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 can Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans

2 eggs

2 tablespoons plain bread crumbs

1 lb ground beef

Salt to taste



Chop jalapeño, cilantro, and garbanzo beans.  Mix all ingredients and form into patties.  Cook on a lightly greased skillet. Serve with a generous spritz of lime.  And while you’re at it, since you have the lime, cilantro, and jalapeño on hand, try a spicy gin tonic alongside while you cook.  As you chop the pepper and cilantro, add a bit to your cup and proceed to make a traditional gin tonic. Cheers!

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