What Can Proteomics and Stable Isotope Analyses Reveal about South Asian Farming?

Embarking on this captivating expedition through the realm of research, we immerse ourselves in the invaluable insights shared by experts spanning various fields, including those who specialize in archaeology. These brilliant minds, affiliated with prestigious institutions, offer their unique perspectives as we delve deeper into uncovering the mysteries of our past and present, learning more about archaeology along the way.

Proteomics and Stable Isotope Analyses in South Asia

Ayushi Nayak: Pioneering Prehistoric Bioarchaeology

Ayushi Nayak, a prehistoric bioarchaeologist from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, takes us on a fascinating journey into the depths of South Asian history. With the use of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen stable isotopes, Ayushi reconstructs aspects of ancient civilizations. From diet to population movements and inter-cultural interactions, her work unveils the secrets of the past. Moreover, we explore the emerging field of ‘proteomics’ and its role in uncovering the early history of dairying in the Indian subcontinent.

Living with Volcano La Soufrière in the Caribbean

Jazmin Scarlett: Navigating the Volcanic Terrain

Jazmin Scarlett, a researcher from Newcastle University, specializes in historical and social geography, shedding light on the unique relationship between humans and volcanoes in the Caribbean. As we journey through time, we discover the historical experiences of communities living near the volatile La Soufrière volcano on St. Vincent. What drives people to inhabit such hazardous environments, and how do they cope with the ever-present threat of natural disasters? Join us as we explore these questions and delve into the portrayal of scientists in disaster movies.

Medieval Icelandic Populations and Health

Cecilia Collins: Deciphering the Health of Ancient Icelanders

Cecilia Collins, a scholar from the University of Reading, immerses us in the world of Icelandic bioarchaeology and palaeopathology. Through meticulous examination of skeletal remains from sites like Hofstaðir and Skriðuklaustur, Cecilia uncovers the impact of sinusitis, otitis media, and tuberculosis on medieval Icelandic populations. Furthermore, we broaden our horizons to explore juvenile palaeopathology, hydatid disease, and disability archaeology, gaining a comprehensive view of health in the past.

Indigenous Archaeology at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Honey Constant: Preserving Indigenous Heritage

Honey Constant, a public and Plains Cree archaeologist from the University of Saskatchewan, leads us on a journey to Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon, Canada. Here, Indigenous perspectives and knowledge enrich the archaeological narrative. We explore Cree hunting practices, traditional wisdom, and their profound influence on archaeological understanding. Witness how Indigenous traditional knowledge enhances the public’s experience of the valley, connecting the past with the present.

Co-Creating Knowledge for Water Security

Sarah Duignan: Bridging Communities for Water Security

Sarah Duignan, from McMaster University, invites us into the realm of community-based research focused on water security and holistic health. Collaborating with Indigenous partners at Six Nations of the Grand River, Sarah addresses water challenges faced by Indigenous communities. From monitoring water quality to constructing traditional medicine houses, her work demonstrates the crucial intersection of water, food, and health. Additionally, we explore the impact of climate change and governance on water sustainability while acknowledging the challenges faced by scholar-parents.

Systemic Biases in Archaeology

Dr. Laura Heath-Stout: Challenging Archaeological Biases

Dr. Laura Heath-Stout from Rice University sheds light on the prevalent issues of sexism, racism, and heterosexism in archaeology. She measures equity in archaeological publishing and knowledge production, revealing how biases affect our understanding of past societies. Dive into the world of intersectionality theory and discover its profound impact on scholars in the field. Despite the challenges, there is hope for a more inclusive and just archaeology.

Human Adaptation in Southern Africa

Dr. Michelle Cameron: Unveiling Human Adaptability

Dr. Michelle Cameron, a bioarchaeologist from the University of Toronto, offers insights into human adaptability and its connection to cultural and environmental influences. With a focus on southern Africa, we explore how human skeletons provide clues about past activities and movements across diverse terrains. Discover the Humans in 5 YouTube channel, where Michelle and her colleague share anthropological knowledge in engaging five-minute videos.

Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick with Behavioral Psychology

Dr. Bettina Höchli: Crafting Sustainable Resolutions

Dr. Bettina Höchli, from the Department of Consumer Behavior at the University of Bern, guides us in the art of making New Year’s resolutions that last. Uncover the secrets of behavioral psychology and behavioral economics. Learn how consumer behavior research benefits governments, companies, and non-profit organizations, especially in climate advocacy. Discover the factors that influence the achievement of sustainable goals and gain practical tips for setting and sticking to your resolutions.

Isotopes in Studying Aztec Sacrifices

Dr. Diana Moreiras: Decrypting Ancient Rituals

Dr. Diana Moreiras, a Mesoamerican archaeologist and isotopic chemist from Western University, takes us on a journey to ancient Mexico. Explore the use of isotopic techniques to study the diet and movements of Aztecs. Delve into the significance of human sacrifices in Aztec rituals and uncover the identities of those offered to the gods. Join us in anticipating future research in this captivating field.

Forensic Anthropology and Evidence Presentation

Professor Dame Sue Black: Unraveling Mysteries with Science

Professor Dame Sue Black, with her vast experience in forensic anthropology, reveals the intricate process of preparing evidence for court cases and war crime investigations. Explore the fusion of witness testimonies, circumstantial evidence, and biological data to uncover the truth. Dive into the world of forensic science, where external hand morphology plays a unique role in solving crimes. Learn about Sue’s journey and witness the evolution of forensic science in recent years.

Content Warning for Sensitive Topics

Please be advised that this episode contains sensitive topics, including ethnic-based conflict, gun violence, investigations of rape or child sexual abuse, and the detailed work involved in the recovery and analysis of human remains. If these topics cause discomfort, consider skipping this section.


As we conclude this enriching journey through various research realms, we have gained insights from experts across diverse fields. Their contributions are invaluable in expanding our understanding of the world’s complexities. Each expert has shared a piece of the puzzle