Strata: Portraits of Humanity

Strata: Portraits of Humanity is a monthly half-hour newsmagazine-style show.  Each episode of the human story is a portrait building on the many layers of the human experience.  This is a record we are just beginning to uncover.  From that perspective, Strata delivers in-depth coverage of a wide variety of archaeological and cultural heritage topics all around the world.

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Strata - Portraits of Humanity - May'20

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(1) In his workshop, master sculptor Artak Hambardzumyan of Yerevan, Armenia, continues an ancient tradition and demonstrates his rare stone-cutting skills by making eight khachkars, or Armenian cross-stones, for clients in Ukraine. (2) In this ArchaeoDuck interview, Chloe chats with Dr. David Connolly, the founder of the British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) website, who has lots of tips for a career in archaeology, along with some fabulous anecdotes from his own colorful career.

Produced in 2020 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Apr'20

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(1) In this episode of the ArchaeoDuck series, Chloe Duckworth and her colleague travel around southern Spain, visiting museums to take samples of archaeological glass from their collections. (2) In this drama from Iran, an expert in handicrafts comes to Shiraz to do research on traditional mirror work and to meet a renowned master craftsman. He is awed by the master’s works in the city’s heritage sites. He is also preoccupied with poetic mirror metaphors, and coincidentally has a chance meeting with a young woman in a bazaar.

Produced in 2020 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Mar'20

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(1) In this episode of the ArchaeoDuck series, Chloe Duckworth introduces us to her dig at the Alhambra in Spain and to some of her field crew.  (2) The archaeology of the peopling of the Americas has undergone a paradigm shift.  The story of the first humans here is more complex and dates significantly earlier than what was thought back in the 90s.  This film details the archaeology that has led to this point and what data we still need to detail the actual story.  The Gault Site in Texas is a prism through which to understand this change in thinking.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Feb'20

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(1) In this episode of the ArchaeoDuck series, Chloe Duckworth takes us to the National Museum of Denmark, where C. J. Thomsen in the 19th century began dividing prehistory into the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages.  (2) The Medieval castle of Caveirac in France today is part of the City Hall, so it is not individually discernable.  However, historical research, including 3D modeling, has enabled a better understanding and a virtual reconstruction of many of the stages of the castle throughout its history.

Produced in 2020 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jan'20

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Set on the grounds of a preserved Roman hippodrome, a group of performing legionnaires, gladiators and charioteers try to hang on to Jordan's ancient past.  Jerash is ancient Gerasa, a prosperous city of the Roman Empire.  But as tourism continues to decline in the Middle East, the performers are faced with the harsh reality that each show may be their last.  The documentary short “The Battle of Jerash” takes you for a bizarre ride in a place you never thought would feel the effects of its tumultuous region.

Produced in 2019 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Dec'19

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(1) In this episode of the ArchaeoDuck series, Chloe Duckworth takes us to the Roman Villa Borg in Germany, where Roman glass is being reconstructed in replica workshops by master glassblowers from around the world.  (2) Close to the Austrian border in northern Italy, the show’s hostess, Francesca Mazzalei, and Dr. Franco Marzatico explore the prehistory and history of the Alpine region of Trentino.  This is the second of two episodes, featuring ancient copper mining in the Bronze Age and silver mining in the Medieval Period.

Produced in 2019 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Nov'19

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(1) In this episode of the ArchaeoDuck series, Annelies Van de Ven lends us her expert take on archaeology and museums, and talks about some of the AMAZING fieldwork she has done as part of her research.  (2) Close to the Austrian border in northern Italy, the show’s hostess, Francesca, is instructed by Dr. Franco Marzatico on the prehistory of the Alpine region of Trento.  This is the first of two episodes, featuring Neanderthal and early Homo sapiens remains, stelae from the 3rd century BC and lake dwellers of the Neolithic.

Produced in 2019 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Oct'19

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(1)  Dr. Chloe Duckworth, in her “ArchaeoDuck” vlog series, expounds on a glossary of archaeological terms, in this episode from Archaeometry to Geophysics.  (2) This film recounts the curious history of a 1st Century BC Egyptian mummy, covered in semi-legible hieroglyphs, which wound up in the “Library-Museum” of the village of Cazenovia in Madison County, New York.  The film covers the transport of this mummy to a nearby hospital for a series of CT scans, which determined the probable cause of death of the 19-25 year-old male named “Hen.”

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Sep'19

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(1)  Dr. Chloe Duckworth, in her “ArchaeoDuck” series, suggests what to take when you're packing for archaeological fieldwork.  (2) In the mountains of northern Iraq, researchers from Heidelberg University employ drones and photogrammetry to document ancient Mesopotamian rock art, rock-hewn tombs and reliefs of ancient kings.  (3) Conductor Arash Fouladvand, historian of Persian Music, leads a London-based branch of the Bahar Peace Choir.  We follow Arash as he takes the choir through an 1100-year-old poem by the famous Persian poet, Rudaki.