Recorded on 4th November, this is the latest TikTok live uploaded to YouTube in which I tackle aspects of public archaeology in conversation with fellow TikTokers. Having ‘gone live’ in conversation with a range of other creators including BIPOC activists, Norse Pagans, folklorists, archaeologists and historians, this time I talk with The Rebel Rabbi – Rabbi Chana Johnson – regarding the complex relationship between archaeology and faith.
The Rebel Rabbi is a California-based Sephardic Rabbi. She has an established TikTok channel tackling aspects of Judaism in the modern world including religious practice, social identity, sexuality and how we tackling antisemitism and misinformation.
It was truly a pleasure and an honour to talk about sensitive but important topics with such a distinctively generous, informed and insightful fellow creator. Taking turns to ask each other questions, we explore the uses and abuses of archaeology in the 21st-century world and the historical roots of these thorny relationship for over 2 hours. We also answer questions from the live audience. Check out the full conversation here:
For context, my Archaeodeath YouTube channel has continued to attract a steady stream of interest with over 850 subscribers since inception in April 2020, 24,000 views for 158 videos uploaded. While not as popular as TikTok, it has provided a valuable context for uploading a range of playlists, complementing this WordPress blog:
- Let’s Talk Random Archaeology
- Public Talks from Archaeodeath
- Archaeodeath Interviews
- News from the Archaeoden
- Research from Archaeodeath
- Field Reports from Archaeodeath
- Archaeodeath Debates
These build on the existing part of playlists which inspired the original creation of the channel:
- Trefonen Special Offa Tragical History Tour
- ‘Special Offa’: Communities and Offa’s Dyke’ Digital Conference
This post also serves as a broader stock-take on my use of Archaeodeath channel on TikTok. I have worked to produce daily content on the archaeology and heritage of death and memory including videos on sites, monuments and landscapes I have visited as well as addressing debates and key themes in mortuary archaeology and its contemporary significance, public engagement and popular culture. For previous landmark posts since inception in May 2020, check out this topic category.
With over 300,000 likes and over 26,000 followers, this has become my most popular platform for public engagement and academic networking, as well as providing a venue for occasional lives both on my own and to mark key moments and conversations with other creators. This is the context for this latest video and I aim to follow up by arranging further TikTok lives for editing and uploading to YouTube.