Episode 100: Navigating Underrepresentation in Anthropology and Archaeology

In this milestone hundredth episode of The Arch and Anth Podcast, our host, Dr. Michael B. C. Rivera, takes center stage as he is interviewed by his first guest, Dr. Sarah-Louise Decrausaz from the University of Victoria. Join us for an insightful conversation that delves into the heart of anthropology and archaeology, addressing underrepresentation, diversity issues, and the journey that led Michael into the world of bioarchaeology.

Unveiling the Host: Dr. Michael B. C. Rivera

The Man Behind the Mic: Get to know Dr. Michael B. C. Rivera, the passionate biological anthropologist who has been your guide through the fascinating realms of archaeology and anthropology. Discover his expertise in studying human remains and what drives his fascination with the prehistoric past.

Planning Research in Anthropology and Archaeology

The Research Roadmap: Explore the intricate process of planning research in anthropology and archaeology. Michael sheds light on the meticulous steps involved in unraveling the mysteries of human history through scientific inquiry. How does one embark on this academic journey?

The Genesis of Bioarchaeology

Inspiration Unveiled: Journey back to the beginning as Michael shares what first ignited his interest in bioarchaeology. From childhood curiosity to academic pursuits, delve into the personal story that led him to study human remains and their significance.

Confronting Underrepresentation and Diversity Issues

Facing the Challenges: Anthropology and archaeology, like many disciplines, grapple with underrepresentation and diversity concerns. Michael candidly discusses the existing problems and offers insights into how the field can address these challenges. What steps can individuals take to promote inclusivity?

The Birth of The Arch and Anth Podcast

A Passion Project: Explore the motivations behind the creation of The Arch and Anth Podcast. Michael reveals why he embarked on this public archaeology and anthropology project, aiming to bridge the gap between academia and the wider audience. What were his aspirations for the podcast in 2020?

Embracing the Future

A Forward-looking Perspective: As we conclude this celebratory episode, join Michael in contemplating the future of archaeology, anthropology, and The Arch and Anth Podcast. What exciting developments lie ahead, and how can we collectively shape the narrative of our shared human history?

Listen to the Interview

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