Best Anthropology Podcasts

A curated podcast list by Podchaser
Creation Date June 17th, 2019
Updated Date Updated July 3rd, 2019
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Exploring Archaeology and Anthropology around the World
Anthropology
Podcasts from the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. The School is renowned for its contributions to anthropological theory, its commitment to long-term ethnographic fieldwork, and its association with the Pitt Rivers Museum and the anthropology of visual and material culture. Home to over forty academic staff, over a hundred doctoral students, twelve Master’s programmes, and two undergraduate degrees (Human Sciences; Archaeology and Anthropology), Oxford anthropology is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant centres for teaching and research in the discipline. It came top of the Power (research excellence + volume) rankings for anthropology in the UK in RAE 2008.
This Anthro Life
Life is complicated, but we love simple answers. AI and robotics are changing the nature of work. Emojis change the way we write. Fossil Fuels were once the engine of progress, now we're in a race to change how we power the planet. We're constantly trying to save ourselves...from ourselves. This Anthro Life brings you smart conversations with humanity’s top makers and minds to make sense of it all. We dig into truth and hope in our creative potential through design, culture, and technology. Change your perspective. Crafted + Hosted by Dr. Adam Gamwell. From Missing Link Studios in Boston, MA. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thisanthrolife/support
The Anthropocene Reviewed
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The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene Reviewed, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down) reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios
The Familiar Strange
The Familiar Strange is a podcast about doing anthropology: that is, about listening, looking, trying out, and being with, in pursuit of uncommon knowledge about humans and culture. Find show notes, plus our blog about anthropology's role in the world, at https://www.thefamiliarstrange.com. Twitter: @tfsTweets. FB: facebook.com/thefamiliarstrange. Instagram: @thefamiliarstrange. Brought to you by your familiar strangers: Ian Pollock, Jodie-Lee Trembath, Julia Brown, Simon Theobald, Kylie Wong Dolan; produced by Deanna Catto and Matthew Phung, and with support from the Australian Anthropological Society, the Australian National University’s Schools of Culture, History and Language and Archeology and Anthropology, and the Australian Centre for Public Awareness of Science, and produced in collaboration with the American Anthropological Association. We acknowledge and celebrate the first Australians on whose traditional lands we record this podcast, and pay our respects to the elders of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, past, present, and emerging.
Decoder Ring
Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.
Virtue in the Wasteland Podcast
Culture, religion and ideas that matter.
AnthroAlert: An Anthropology Podcast
AnthroAlert is a podcast recorded live on USF Bulls Radio. Each week we interview an anthropologist to learn more about their work.
AnthroTalks
AnthroTalks is an audio extravaganza on the magical mundaneness of everyday life. Designed by practicing anthropologists, Taapsi Ramchandani and Inga Treitler, this monthly podcast series brings you conversations and videos that speak to the dramatic and not-so-dramatic forces that shape our lives and livelihoods. To tell our stories, we experiment with the tools we carry with us every day in our minds and in our pockets, like our smartphones and Google Voice. And why not? When our lives can be on-the-go, shouldn’t podcasting? Enjoy the show, and stay curious!
AnthroPod
AnthroPod is produced by the Society for Cultural Anthropology (http://www.culanth.org). Each episode, we explore what anthropologists and anthropology can teach us about the world and people around us.
Anthropological Airwaves
Anthropological Airwaves is the official podcast of the journal American Anthropologist. Building on the journal’s commitment to four-field, multimodal research, we host conversations about anthropological projects, from fieldwork and publishing to the discipline’s role in public debates. We aim to ask a series of fundamental questions about past, present, and future disciplinary practice, and to learn from those who chart new paths for a more broadly engaged anthropology.
Anthropology@Deakin
A podcast about life, the universe and anthropology based at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. Each episode features an anthropologist or two in conversation with David Boarder Giles and Timothy Neale. Presented with support from the Faculty of Arts & Education at Deakin University and in partnership with the American Anthropological Association.
Talking Anthropology
anthropological science podcast
New Books in Anthropology
Interviews with Anthropologists about their New Books

Archaeology

Trowel Tales
Welcome to Trowel Tales! What is Trowel Tales? It’s a story-based podcast with tales told about the exciting, strange, dangerous, and silly things that can happen in the field of archaeology. In this first episode, we’ll explore the wonderful world of archaeology and hear how some of us got into this fantastic field.
Forgotten Secrets
This is a place where mystery is explored. Archaeology, the mystical, masonry, Illuminati, Rosicrucianism, Kabbalah, and more.
SAGE Anthropology & Archaeology
Welcome to the official free Podcast site from SAGE Publications for Anthropology & Archaeology. SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets with principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, and Singapore.
Archaeology
At the University of Glasgow we combine practical, theoretical and scientific approaches to archaeology. Our international reputation includes particular expertise in Scottish archaeology, Mediterranean archaeology, historical archaeology and archaeological theory and methods.
Archaeology
Archaeology is primarily a visual, social and cultural subject; in these interviews archaeologists discuss their lives in archaeology and their particular fields of interest. The interviews convey the excitement felt by teaching staff and students from the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford as they reflect upon the multifaceted nature of the study of archaeology today.
Archaeologyin30
Archaeologyin30 is a podcast produced by the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) and hosted by Mike Thomin at the FPAN coordinating center located in downtown Pensacola, Florida. This 30 minute podcast includes interviews with archaeologists who discuss their work and how it relates to current issues and events. FPAN is a statewide organization and a program of the University of West Florida. FPAN's mission is to promote and facilitate the conservation, study and public understanding of Florida's archaeological heritage through regional centers throughout the state.
Pseudo-Archaeology
Bringing you stories about pseudo-archaeology and the real stories behind the false claims.
Text and Trowel
Text and Trowel is a weekly podcast that explores the ancient world of the Christian Bible.
Cooking with Archaeologists: Food, fieldwork, and stories.
The purpose of this podcast is to share the stories and food recipes of the people who uncover our shared past-the field archaeologist. The field archaeologists is a unique individual. Their work is to excavate, recover, and survey our human past. In some sense they are modern-day nomads following the seasonal cycle of available work across the globe. Like all nomads they have few personal possessions and only live at one location for a short period of time. This non-traditional life is challenging in terms of having a “normal life” but with it comes unique experiences that few people get to enjoy. For the field archaeologist one of the most important experiences of their day is the shared evening meal. The evening meal is probably the most important part of the day. This is when everyone comes together and shares food. Like traditional family meals this is when the day is discussed, stories are shared, and food is enjoyed. Food is culture. It defines who we are and it is one of the cultural artifacts that brings people together. For the field archaeologist there are memories involved in the making and eating food that we the editors of this blog believe that are important to share with the world. What better way to learn and experience archaeology then from the women and men doing the hard work- the field archaeologist!
The Struggling Archaeologist's Guide to Getting Dirty
Ever want to know more about the world of archaeology AND have a good time learning it? This podcast explores what it's like to be a young professional in the field. There's also news and discussions on cool stuff going on at the other end of trowels all over the place. It's all about learning through life and laughter. And it's all brought to you by me, Jenny, a regular gal who really DIGS history... get it?
Ask An Archaeologist
A podcast about the heritage industry, the people who work in it and the vast range of jobs they do. Also it's your opportunity to 'Ask an Archaeologist'. Hosted by Paul Duncan McGarrity, produced by Heather Doole
Protecting the Past 3: Documentation as a Tool for Heritage Protection
Protecting the Past is the international conference and workshop series organised by the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) Project in cooperation with regional partners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The heritage of the MENA region is of international importance: the region contains millions of documented and un-documented archaeological sites. Whilst current international attention is focused on conflict damage, the heritage of these regions is at risk from multiple threats including looting, dam inundation, development and expanding agriculture. The purpose of this series is to move beyond describing the threats facing the cultural heritage of the region and focus on understanding them, examining new approaches and projects for heritage protection. It promotes debate and discussion on the range of threats to cultural heritage sites, as well as aiming to to facilitate communication between different groups and enhance regional understanding of the issues. By bringing together different stakeholders, we hope to formulate strategies for the future, aimed at preserving cultural heritage sites and developing long-lasting partnerships within the MENA region.
Protecting the Past: Archaeology, Conservation and Tourism in the North of Jordan
The purpose of this colloquium (28-30 September 2015) was to discuss how recent advances in the archaeological investigation of northern Jordan (Amman) can influence a wider approach to understanding Jordan’s cultural heritage through discovery, re-interpretation and better presentation. The conference gathered international and national specialists from a range of disciplines. These include archaeologists active at multi-period sites and on survey projects, experts in remote sensing and aerial archaeology, geoarchaeologists and geographers. By bringing them together with NGOs and practitioners with a stake in the development of cultural tourism in northern Jordan, we wished to foster better co-operation and collaboration.This inter-disciplinary discussion, focussing on archaeological sites and landscapes, showed that their value is not just historical and cultural but can also be economic, educational and social
Ancient Greece: City and Society
This subject deals with the cultural history of the ancient Greek world through both textual sources and the material evidence of art and archaeology. The period covered runs from the Iron Age world of Archaic Greece through to the late Classical period (roughly from the 8th century to the 4th century BCE). We will concentrate mainly on Athens and mainland Greece, but we will also focus on the Greek expansion into other parts of the Mediterranean world (Sicily and South Italy) in the process of colonisation. Historical texts will be combined with literary sources and archaeology to explore the physical nature of ancient Greek cities and social issues such as the position of women, ethnicity, sexuality and slavery in the ancient Greek world.