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Welcome to The Dirt on the Past from The Extreme History Project and Gallatin Valley Community Radio, KGVM. Whether digging up a site or dusting off the archives, we bring you some of the most fascinating and cutting edge research in history and archaeology, and discuss why it matters today. Join co-hosts, Crystal Alegria and Nancy Mahoney as we converse with professionals in the fields of history, archaeology, and anthropology who bring the past…into the present.
 
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Join us for a conversation with Dr. Matthew Bennett, the lead scientist on a recently published article in the Journal Science that examined a set of human footprints preserved on an ancient lakeshore in New Mexico's White Sands National Park that date to between 21,000 and 23,000 years old. We discuss the fossilized human footprints, but we also t…
 
On this podcast, Crystal and Nancy dig deep into the history of a historic structure in downtown Bozeman. This building is significant because it currently houses Nancy's boutique, Moka, along with three other businesses including Alara Jewelry, Plume Bridal and Visions West Gallery! We explore the history of this building through the historic char…
 
Join us as we talk with Anthony Wood about his new book, Black Montana: Settler Colonialism and the Erosion of the Racial Frontier, 1877-1930. Anthony talks with us about his work on the Montana African American Heritage Resources Project and how this inspired him to delve deeper into the history of Montana's Black communities. His book explores th…
 
Join us for our conversation with Lisabeth During about her recently published book, The Chastity Plot. During tells the story of chastity through time, how it has been honored and despised and how the obsession with chastity has played a powerful and disturbing role enforcing patriarchy’s double standards. Chastity is imbedded in Western culture, …
 
Join us for a fascinating discussion with Fiona Greenland about her new book, "Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Robbers, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy." Greenland reveals the contemporary actors in this tale, taking a close look at the Art Squad and state archaeologists on one side and unauthorized excavators, thieves, and smugglers on th…
 
Join us as we talk with Marsha Small about her work to locate and document Indian boarding school cemeteries. Marsha leads the Indigenous Peoples' Day Montana movement and her work with the preservation and conservation of sacred sites and places using GPR, GPS, and GIS, specifically in boarding school cemeteries is internationally known. Marsha us…
 
Join us for this thoughtful conversation with Dr. Tiya Miles about her new book, All that She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, A Black Family Keepsake. Dr. Miles is a renowned historian who, in this book, traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who a…
 
Join us this week as we talk with Dr. Mary Murphy, a Distinguished Professor of History at Montana State University Bozeman and the Director of the Ivan Doig Center for the Study of the Lands and Peoples of the North American West. She teaches courses in American history with a special focus on gender and the North American West. Among her books ar…
 
This week Nancy interviews co-founders of The Extreme History Project, Marsha Fulton and Crystal Alegria. We discuss the origins of Extreme History, a public history organization dedicated to making history relevant. Marsha and Crystal talk about how Extreme History started and why. Marsha explains the early philosophy of the organization including…
 
Join us for a deep dive into gender and feminism in archaeology with archaeologist, Meg Conkey. Meg is professor emerita of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley and is known for introducing feminist perspectives into archaeology. We discuss her early work with Janet Spector, Joan Gero, and others to bring women and gender into the…
 
Join us for our conversation with author Michael Punke on his new book, Ridgeline, a novel that details the story of the Fetterman fight or the Battle of One-Hundred-in-the-Hands. In 1866, with the country still reeling from the Civil War, the U.S. Army established Fort Phil Kearny in the home of the Lakota Nation. In his book, Punke tells the stor…
 
Join us for this fascinating conversation with Lara Maiklem who is a mudlark. She searches for lost and forgotten objects on the foreshore of the river Thames in London. She has been mudlarking for almost 20 years, searching and finding lost items including Tudor shoes, medieval pins, Roman pots, Georgian wig curlers and modern wedding rings. We ta…
 
Join us as we talk with archaeologist Scott Carpenter about his career, including his time as Chief of Cultural Resources at Yosemite National Park, the excavation of a cache of obsidian artifacts, his work with indigenous communities, and his documentation of a portion of the Lewis and Clark trail. To learn more:Return the National Parks to the Tr…
 
Join us for this lively conversation with Dr. Kelly Dixon, an archaeologist who studies boomtowns, colonization, colonialism, extractive industries, human-environment interactions, landscape transformations, and marginalized populations. We discuss her work excavating the Boston Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada and the resulting book, Boomtown Saloo…
 
Join us as we talk with archaeologists, Matt Stirn and Rebecca Sgouros about how they have followed their love of archaeology, photography and tea (yes tea) to interpret and bring archaeology to the public. Matt Stirn holds an MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Paleoecology, and specializes in understanding how humans adapted to high elevation la…
 
Join us as we discuss historic inscriptions, ghost signs, rock art, DStretch, petroglyphs and pictographs. During the 19th and 20th centuries, emigrants on the Northern Plains engaged in a communication behavior that left messages carved, incised, and painted onto the physical landscape. Often mingling with indigenous pictographs and petroglyphs, t…
 
Join us this week as Crystal interviews Nancy about her research on the history of archaeology in Montana through the lens of three men including amateur archaeologist Oscar Lewis, academic William Mulloy, and advocate Melville Sayre. We discuss their work to bring archaeology to Montana and the significant archaeological sites they excavated in th…
 
Join us as we take a deep dive into the science of human origins with Dr. William Kimbel, Director of the Institute of Human Origins based at Arizona State University. We discuss Dr. Kimbel's research on human origins, specifically the period between 2.5 and 4 million years ago - during which our own genus Homo emerged from smaller-brained ancestor…
 
In this episode, we talk with Jerry Williams about a television series he has created called, Bozeman, that features the history of Bozeman's town founder, John Bozeman and his good friend, William McKinzie. We discuss his research in Georgia and Montana, and how this story plays out on the national stage at a critical time in our country's history…
 
Join us as we discuss a myriad of topics with Extreme History Project board member, Shane Doyle. Shane is a member of the Crow Nation and is a life-long educator. He's a scholar and an activist, working to bring indigenous knowledge to the forefront in every project he does. We talk about his involvement with the Anzick archaeological site, the peo…
 
Join us for our conversation with Nikki Manning and Kate Gonzales as we discuss urban archaeology in Missoula, Montana. Kate and Nikki have both been involved in recovering artifacts from a vacant lot in the heart of Missoula's red-light district through their capacity as graduate students within the Department of Anthropology at the University of …
 
Join us for our fascinating conversation with Jan Zauha, librarian extraordinaire. We discuss the role of libraries in this digital age and how they have changed over time. We dive into the space of archives and talk about issues of accessibility and how these places are becoming more public and welcoming to everyone. We also talk about archival co…
 
Join Nancy and Crystal as they delve into women's history month and talk about vice districting during the 1890's in relation to red-light districts and prostitution in the west! They also talk about what's coming up this summer for the Extreme History Project, the new podcast logo, and upcoming podcast interviews.…
 
Join us as we discuss rock art in Montana with archaeologist, Sara Scott. Our conversation revolves around the Hellgate Pictograph Site in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. This rock art site has an extensive area of finger lines, hand prints, geometric designs, dots, and animals such as snakes, turtles, and lizards. There are representat…
 
Join us as we talk with Laurel Angell about her research on America's twentieth century conservation movement and the missed opportunities that led it to become both exclusionary and politically polarizing. Laurel grew up in Yosemite National Park, and has herself worked as a Park Ranger before obtaining a degree in environmental law and working on…
 
Join us for our conversation with Diana Hernández and Dr. Portia Hopkins as we discuss their work through the National Collective Memory Institute to validate and reconcile history of places that have been neglected and undervalued. We focus on their work to preserve historic sites belonging to communities of color and their mission to develop spac…
 
Join us as we talk with archaeologist Joe Watkins about Indigenous Archaeology and his current role as President of the Society for American Archaeology. We discuss experimental archaeology in the form of building and living in a pit house for a year, his research with the Ainu of Japan, and so much more! For more information, Indigenous Archaeolog…
 
Join us this week as we talk with graduate student, Kerri Clement, about her participation in a research project on the persistent spatial structure of inequality in urban neighborhoods, specifically in Denver, Colorado. We discuss redlining, inter-generational wealth inequality, and spatial segregation - all a result of the Jim Crow era that has p…
 
Join us for our fascinating discussion with Stanford scholar, Adrienne Mayor, about her book, The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World. We discuss the realities and myths behind these legendary women recently popularized by the popular Wonder Woman films. We get to the heart of the word, Amazon, discussing its origin…
 
Join Nancy and Crystal as they travel back to the ancient world and discuss Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic female figurines and how scholars have interpreted these curvaceous ladies through time. They talk specifically about the male gaze and how this has influenced the way we see these figurines and statues today. They talk specifically about the…
 
Join us for a conversation with Aaron Brien as we discuss his views on Indigenous Archaeology, his life-changing experience viewing historic Apsáalooke/Crow War Shields at Chicago's Field Museum, his new job as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) for the Crow Nation, and so much more. To learn more, see the additional resources below. T…
 
Join us as we talk with Mark Johnson about his research on Montana's historic Chinese community. He is working to uncover this important history and present it through a global lens and in the voice of the Chinese people who lived and died in Montana. In this episode, we have a wide-ranging conversation about the historic Chinese experience and Mar…
 
Join us as we talk with Craig Lee, Shane Doyle, and Ian Van Coller about their collaboration and friendship around high-altitude archaeology. They have worked together on many different projects over the past 10 years, each bringing their own unique perspective to the work. Craig Lee is a high-altitude archaeologist, Shane Doyle is a member of the …
 
Welcome to this week's edition of The Dirt on the Past as we speak with Dr. Kathleen Brown about her research on early America. Dr. Brown's research focuses on the 17th and 18th centuries, and the ways in which historical constructions of gender, race, and the human body were foundational to the institutions of slavery and of human rights.…
 
Our latest podcast episode is a timely conversation with Kevin Kooistra as we discuss the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment through the lens of the suffragist, Hazel Hunkins. Hazel grew up in Billings, MT and joined the National Women's Party, led by Alice Paul, as a young woman. Hazel demonstrated with the Silent Sentinels, chaining herself …
 
Join us for our engaging conversation with retired U.S. Forest Service Archaeologist, Carl Davis. We discuss his new book, "Six Hundred Generations: An Archaeological History of Montana." We cover all things archaeological and why they matter today!The Extreme History Project tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Join the "Dirt on the Past" hosts, Crystal and Nancy, as they discuss mortuary customs through time. From the earliest evidence of human burial ceremonies to historic headstone symbolism. They speak to Scythian burial mounds, Egyptian mummification practices, and the importance of "ghost stories" at this time of year. Join us for our special Hallow…
 
In this episode, Dr. Riley Augé, the curator of the University of Montana's Anthropological Collections Facility, discusses her book, "The Archeology of Magic: Gender and Domestic Protection in 17th Century New England". In addition to her book, we discuss other fascinating topics including witch bottles, apotropaic magic, and the Salem witch trial…
 
Listen to our fascinating discussion on Neanderthal dental morphology with Dr. Shara Bailey. She is a professor and associate chair in the Department of Anthropology at New York University and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and a book on dental morphology and human evolution.The Extreme History Project tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Join us as we talk with Jill Falcon MacKin about Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Jill is a member of the Anishinaabe: Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, Bear Clan and is dedicated to working for the revitalization of Buffalo Nations' Food Systems, Indigenous food sovereignty, and re-integration of traditional land practices.…
 
Join us as we talk with Tom Rust, a professor at Montana State University Billings, about his new book, "Watching Over Yellowstone: The US Army's Experience in America's First National Park, 1886-1918." We will discuss the book, his thoughts on the symbolism of Yellowstone National Park, and chapter that was left out of the book, and why.…
 
Join us with Dr. Billy Smith as he discusses his project on "Mapping Inequality and Resistance: The Story of Ona Judge and Martha Washington." Ona Judge, the enslaved servant of Martha Washington, escaped from the President's Mansion in Philadelphia to New Hampshire, where she lived the rest of her life free. Dr. Smith uses mapping to explore inequ…
 
Welcome to The Dirt on the Past. Whether digging up a site or dusting off the archives, we bring you some of the most fascinating and cutting edge research in history and archaeology, and discuss why it matters today. Join co-hosts, Crystal Alegria and Nancy Mahoney as we converse with professionals in the fields of history, archaeology, and anthro…
 
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