Sins of the shovel: How archaeology evolved from pot hunting to science

Dec 6, 2023

Kate and Aaron are joined by Rachel Morgan, author of Sins of the Shovel: Looting, Murder, and the Evolution of American Archaeology. Rachel is an archaeologist based near Washington, DC, and her book, which was published last month, is largely focused on the Southwest. She gives a detailed account of the Wetherill family, which settled in southwest Colorado in the 1800s and explored Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Grand Gulch extensively. She also talks about how legal and scientific transformations have given rise to the science we know today as archaeology.



Hosts: Kate Groetzinger & Aaron Weiss 


Music: Purple Planet

Featured image: Step House, Wetherill Mesa, Mesa Verde National Park; Source: Ken Lund, Flickr