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41 – Entering the Dark Ages: a Season Two Promo

41 – Entering the Dark Ages: a Season Two Promo

Next week we will start our second season. So here’s a promo of what to expect! I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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43 – Le Mort d’Arthur (Bonus Episode)

43 – Le Mort d’Arthur (Bonus Episode)

Today we’re going to have a reading of Le Mort d’Arthur by Thomas Mallory, Book 1 Chapters 1 through 4.  You can get a free Kindle copy of Le Mort de Arthur to read along with at Amazon.com. Friend of the show, James Cartwright, was kind enough to do the reading for us.  You can reach him at spinningturtleproductions@gmail.com. Additionally, if you like the music that we included in the background, credit goes to Kevin MacLeod....

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44 – Sources of Confusion

44 – Sources of Confusion

Today we’re going to talk about how we study this era. The things that help, the things that hinder, and the flaws of our ancient sources! This is where the Dark Ages really get fun! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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45 – The Last Outpost

45 – The Last Outpost

Ok, today we’re going to do a forest view of what we have to come. And next episode we’re going to get down into the nitty gritty! It should be fun! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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46 – Hengist and Horsa

46 – Hengist and Horsa

Today we launch into the legendary beginnings of Anglo-Saxon Britain. How much of this is real and how much is myth? Well, lets try to figure that out together! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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47 – Was there an Anglo Saxon Invasion?

47 – Was there an Anglo Saxon Invasion?

Now that we’ve spoken about how unreliable our sources are from this era, and we’ve recounted the story of invasion they recorded, we’re going to analyze how much of their story we can trust. And why. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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48 – Dark Age Diets Combo Episode

48 – Dark Age Diets Combo Episode

This is a combination episode focusing upon the food and drinks that the Anglo Saxons enjoyed. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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49 – Dark Age Economics

49 – Dark Age Economics

This is a combination episode covering matters of economies and travel in the Dark Ages. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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51 – Dark Ages Feasting

51 – Dark Ages Feasting

This is a combination episode covering everything to do with feasting in Anglo Saxon Britain! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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54 – What Not To Wear: In The Dark Ages

54 – What Not To Wear: In The Dark Ages

Ok, so we are basically done with feasting and food in general. I could go into the construction of the feasting hall, and I might do that at a later date if it I get in a carpenter mood (or if there is a big hew and cry for that sort of information) but in general, I think we’re done with that aspect of the Dark Ages. So what did you think? Looking back on what you thought about the Anglo Saxons and the Dark Ages, did your view...

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55 – Anglo Saxon Construction

55 – Anglo Saxon Construction

OK, So I had requests for an episode on construction. I actually had a surprising number of requests for it, actually. So we’re going to do a single episode on how things were built, and since we’ve been talking about feasts, we’ll talk about… of course… feasting halls. Now as I’ve said with much of this material, it’s really hard to study. This is because of the materials they used, of course....

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57 – A Tale of Three Cities (sort of)

57 – A Tale of Three Cities (sort of)

Ok, we’ve been getting pretty deep into the weeds and have been getting farther and farther from a coherent story. On the one hand, the culture is the story, but on the other hand it’s hard to get attached to a story if you forget who we are talking about and the people involved. So I thought that now would be a good time to tell a story about a community that was living in the early post-Roman era. After all, I’ve been spending a lot of...

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58 – Dark Age Medicine

58 – Dark Age Medicine

This is a combination episode covering medicine in the Dark Ages! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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59 – The Halloween Special

59 – The Halloween Special

As you might imagine since I’m doing an episode on it, Halloween has a lot of British influence upon it. In fact, the name itself comes from Scotland, where All Saint’s Eve (also known as All Hallow’s Eve) was shortened in the 16th century to Halloween. And the name stuck. But as you have probably gathered, originally the day was simply the day before All Saint’s Day (also known as All Hallows or Hallowmas). And this might come as a shock...

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60 – The Return of the Kings

60 – The Return of the Kings

They’re coming… Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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61 – Staffordshire Hoard: Introduction

61 – Staffordshire Hoard: Introduction

Today we are beginning our project on the Staffordshire Hoard.  We will be featuring interviews from major figures within the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent, and with the Staffordshire County Council. The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk It’s July 5, 2009, and veteran metal...

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62 – Staffordshire Hoard: Rise Up O Lord

62 – Staffordshire Hoard: Rise Up O Lord

Today’s episode features Cathy Shingler, of The Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent.  She will be discussing with us the iconic band, possibly from a cross, with Latin inscriptions along both sides of it.  We will also speak about the cultural significance of the materials used in many of the objects found in the Hoard, as well as a discussion regarding a rather intriguing Anglo Saxon god.  I hope you like it! Below you’ll see a...

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65 – Staffordshire Hoard: The Dig

65 – Staffordshire Hoard: The Dig

Today’s episode features Stephen Dean, the principle archaeologist of the Staffordshire County Council.  We will be discussing all things related to the first dig. And then, once the inquest is over in the new year, he will return and fill us in on the findings from the newest covert Staffordshire dig! The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and...

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66 – Staffordshire Hoard: Receiving the Hoard

66 – Staffordshire Hoard: Receiving the Hoard

Today’s episode features Deb Klemperer, the head curator at The Potteries Museum at Stoke-on-Trent.  We will be discussing the museum side of the Hoard, theories on the objects, and what it was like to be at the center of one of the biggest events in Anglo Saxon archaeology! The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk...

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67 – Staffordshire Hoard: Deb Klemperer on the Dig

67 – Staffordshire Hoard: Deb Klemperer on the Dig

I love the way Deb Klemperer tells stories, so today we’re going to hear more from Deb on the Hoard. As you might recall from the last episode, she is the head curator at The Potteries Museum at Stoke-on-Trent.  She has quite a lot to share with us on what was going on, and some rather interesting side notes (such as the involvement of the Army!) The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum:...

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68 – Staffordshire Hoard: A Bonus Update on the New Find

68 – Staffordshire Hoard: A Bonus Update on the New Find

Deb Klemperer took the time to chat with us via telephone today regarding the treasury inquest that focused on the 81 new objects that were found and added to the hoard including a new cross and what looks like a “cheek piece” that matches the one originally found! Also, for my money, the most exciting bit revolves around the new copper alloy stuff found and the ideas that they’re generating! The Staffordshire Hoard:...

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69 – Staffordshire Hoard: Conservation with Deborah Cane

69 – Staffordshire Hoard: Conservation with Deborah Cane

Today we’re chatting with Deborah Cane about how the Hoard is being preserved for future generations. Some of this stuff is cutting edge work. I hope you’re as fascinated by it as I was. The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike...

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70 – Staffordshire Hoard: Interpretation with Cathy Shingler

70 – Staffordshire Hoard: Interpretation with Cathy Shingler

Today we have more from Cathy Shingler! Now that we’ve heard about the discovery of the Hoard and how it has been excavated and preserved, we’re going to talk a bit about how it is being interpreted. And Cathy has quite a lot of fascinating theories to share with us regarding the objects that have been found! The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham...

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71 – Staffordshire Hoard: Psychopathic Peacocks with David Symons

71 – Staffordshire Hoard: Psychopathic Peacocks with David Symons

Today we’re going to learn more about the context and the craftsmanship of the Hoard. I think this will help shed some light on what makes this find so special, and also help you understand the sort of research that’s going into it and the number of mysteries it is revealing! The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery:...

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72 – Staffordshire Hoard: Wrapping Up with Kevin Leahy

72 – Staffordshire Hoard: Wrapping Up with Kevin Leahy

Today we’re wrapping up the Staffordshire Hoard project. We have been given an amazing amount of depth and detail thanks to the wonderful experts who took the time to talk with us. And today, we’re going to hear from Dr. Kevin Leahy. You might have read his scholarly articles or his books, some of which are about the Hoard itself. Dr. Leahy is an incredible resource and is an excellent way for us to wrap up this project. The...

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