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Archaeological Commentary
2008 to 2007

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Each audio file is in MP3 format, about 1.1 MB, and play for just over 2 minutes. They are also available from the KQED audio archives. Descriptions and audio files provided by KQED.)

Monday December 22, 2008
Gold Rush– Archaeologist Mike Newland finds clues to the meaning of success in the diary of a pair of California miners from Gold Rush days.

Wednesday November 26, 2008
The People at the Table – A curious find reminds archaeologist Mike Newland that it's not the meal that makes Thanksgiving, but the people who made the meal and share it with each other.

Headstone and black cats

Friday October 31, 2008
Graveyards – Fake cemetery paraphernalia are a Halloween tradition, but archaeologist Michael Newland can tell you the creepiest graveyards are the real ones.

Thursday June 19, 2008
Culture Vulture – Archaeologists like Mike Newland once had an unflattering reputation for picking at the bones of native peoples to preserve their history.

Thursday April 10, 2008
A Fixed Point – When Mike Newland works an archaeological dig, he's just as connected to a satellite as he is to an artifact.

Tuesday October 30, 2007
Serious Science – As an archaeologist and teacher, Mike Newland has the answer to the question, "Why study the past?"