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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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May 04th 2016:Encore: Clearing the Mists of Time: Archaeology at the Irish Royal Site of Dun Ailinne

Whether it is faerie circles, nighttime rituals, or pretty much Celtic ANY-thing, the public perception of Irish archaeology has a healthy dose of myth and mystery mixed in. In fact, the allure of Irish archaeology is often its seeming mysteriousness. So what do archaeologists actually know about Ireland and its Celtic inhabitants? On today's show we will be talking with Dr. Susan Johnston, an Irish archaeologist specialist who has worked at the royal site of Dún Ailinne, southwest of Dublin. The site has yielded evidence of wooden circular structures, as well as ritual feasting and c

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Dr. Susan Johnston

Dr. Susan Johnston is an archaeologist and anthropologist specializing in Irish prehistory at George Washington University. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania where she analyzed prehistoric Irish rock art. The chief focus of Dr. Johnston’s field research has been prehistoric Ireland, although she has also done public archaeology in the U.S. She led the archaeological team that surveyed the royal site of Dun Ailinne between 2006-2008, which found evidence for a number of structures and enclosures. She will be returning to Dun Ailinne in 2016 to conduct excavations. She is particularly interested in religion and ritual and their presence in the archaeological recor
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