Reindeer 2 – The Homeward Journey!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

In this BONUS episode, the Histories of the Unexpected duo, James and Sam, get into the festive spirit once more, pack up the presents of the past and take you on a historical sleigh ride of archival inquiry to unwrap the expected history of REINDEER! Which is all about an 11,000 year-old sculpture of two swimming reindeer carved out of mammoth tusk, which shows the development of the human brain and ice-age art, maps and mapping, and reindeer knickers; it’s also all about tension in the Russian Arctic, Reindeer Crusades, and of course the invention of Christmas crackers and the reindeer joke, for example ‘How much does it cost Santa to park his sleigh and reindeer?’, ‘Nothing, it’s on the house’. Who knew!

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