The rich archaeological records of human space exploration can tell us much about human behavior, geopolitics, and the history of science and technology. In this episode we are joined by Alice Gorman of Flinders University in South Australia. Alice tells us about her research that explores archaeological perspectives derived from the artifacts left by humans on the moon from 1969 to 1972. She shares stories behind her article “Culture on the Moon: Bodies in Time and Space,” published in the April 2016 issue of Archaeologies: the Journal of the World Archaeological Congress.

Archaeology of Space Culture - Alice Gorman
Archaeology of Space Culture - Alice Gorman
Archaeology of Space Culture - Alice Gorman Archaeology of Space Culture - Alice Gorman
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▲ Voyager I as generational marker

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▲ Alice’s fondness for Voyager II

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▲ Isoloation of Voyager spacecraft

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▲ Size of Voyagers

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▲ On anthropomorphizing spacecraft

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▲ On C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy

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▲ Other meaning of “space archeology”

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▲ Archeology vs. history & anthropology

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▲ Alice’s obsession with cable ties

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▲ Precursors to space archeology

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▲ More recent influences on space archeology

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▲ On Isaac Asimov’s short story re: archeologists

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▲ V. Gordon Childe’s culture history

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▲ On exploration and colonialism

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▲ Amusement parks, playgrounds, and the aquatic ape theory

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▲ Similarities and differences in space culture

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▲ Soviet vs. US space programs

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▲ Embodiment and control

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▲ On studying the early generation of space travellers

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▲ The “toss zone”

Hosts / Producers

Doug Leigh & Ryan Watkins

How to Cite

Leigh, D., & Watkins, R.. (2017, October 3). Parsing Science – Archaeology of Space Culture with Alice Gorman (Version 1). figshare. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.5907727.v1

Music

What’s The Angle? by Shane Ivers

Photo credit

Jean-Jacques Halans