I spend a lot of time travelling either in my car or on the train, and because most rush hour radio shows are dull and repetitive I have found myself listening to a lot of podcasts over the last couple of years. There are a couple of podcasts that I find myself going back to again and again, whether because they help to keep me up to date with what is going on in archaeology at the moment, or because I find them to be particularly entertaining, thought provoking or just plain interesting listening. These are my top five:
1. Archaeo News Podcast
This collaboration between Past Horizons, Stonepages and British Archaeological Jobs Resource provides a detailed and comprehendable weekly update of the latest news in archaeology around the world. Voiced by David Connolly’s calming voice, these are really worth a listen.
Listen on the website here: http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archaeology-podcast-news
Alternatively you can listen by downloading the Past Horizons App if you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on the iTunes Store. Unfortunately it is not available as a stand-alone downloadable podcast through the iTunes store, which makes things difficult for the few non iPhone users among us – I am putting in my formal request for an Android app please!
2. CRM Archaeology Podcast
Hosted by Chris Webster of the Digitech LLC blog, this is a frequently updated podcast that deals with current issues in archaeology, from Women in Archaeology to Open Access journals and articles, and Careers. There are always very interesting panellists contributing, leading to really well-rounded episodes.
Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/crm-archaeology-podcast-digtech/id482433171?mt=2
Or from the website: http://www.digtech-llc.com/podcast/
3. Naked Archaeology
Although no longer being updated, the Naked Archaeology podcast has some really interesting episodes that are still very much relevant. Hosted by Diana O’Carroll, and a part of The Naked Scientists of the University of Cambridge, Naked Archaeology has looked into some really interesting topics.
Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/naked-archaeology/id300419008?mt=2
4. In our Time with Melvyn Bragg
The podcast of Melvyn Bragg’s Radio 4 show discusses the history of ideas, looking at archaeology as well as philosophy, religion, anthropology and science. With topics including Hadrian’s Wall and Early Geology discussed, I really enjoy listening to this for the range of themes and the views of the guests.
Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/in-our-time-with-melvyn-bragg/id73330895?mt=2
Or the website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/iot
5. IWM Voices of the First World War
The Imperial War Museum has used its fantastic archive of original recordings to give a very personal view of the First World War. The podcast is uploaded monthly and its fascinating episodes stand out individually as well as complementing the work that IWM are doing to fit in with the First World War centenary, particularly the Lives of the First World War project.
Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/iwm-voices-first-world-war/id446748876
Or the website: http://www.1914.org/podcasts/
Do you listen to archaeology podcasts? If so, which ones are at the top of your list?