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 - Apr'19

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(1) Ancient Sumerian texts spoke of an enigmatic and distant country.  Its so-called “black ships,” loaded with riches and valuable minerals, arrived in the Mesopotamia via the maritime trading routes.  Archaeology now shows that the mythical country of Magan really did exist.  (2) Featuring 23 outstanding films selected from 107 entries, The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival is in its 16th year as a leading competition.  This preview offers a sample of the remarkably diverse topics and film styles represented by this year’s offerings.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Feb'19

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(1) This animated short film is an imaginative take on the ritual farewell of an old female shaman whose 12,000-year-old burial in an Israeli cave informs about the early development of religious beliefs. (2) New rock art designs w ere discovered recently around the Rock Art Archaeological Park of Campo Lameiro (PAAR) in Spain. The Galician Heritage Council conducted fieldwork on them in order to analyze and register the panel, record the presence of more panels around that vicinity and include them in the PAAR.

Produced in 2019 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jan'19

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Built-in 1899 during the Spanish-American War as one of six fortifications designed to protect the southeastern American coastline, Fort Fremont closed out a 350-year-old legacy of coastal fortifications in Port Royal Sound, South Carolina. It is an artifact of homeland security spanning European colonization and 19th-century imperialism. This film documents how geography, technology, national security, and politics interacted to shape the fortunes of a community during the Spanish-American War.

Produced in 2019 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jun'18

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(1) In 480 BC, Greek cities of Sicily soundly defeated a massive Carthaginian force at the first Battle of Himera. Himera then built the Temple of Victory and, in a unique event in the history of Greeks in Sicily, buried 10,000 riders with their horses. But in 409 BC, Himera was destroyed. (2) Tasiro is a wood carver who expertly creates traditional sculptures representing the Solomon Islands culture and reflecting the natural beauty of the environment that surrounds him. Dedicated to his craft, Tasiro uses carving as a means of supporting his family.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Sep'18

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(1) The art of making the Lanzhou Waterwheel was all but lost in the 21st century. Duan Yicun, the 20th descendent of the original Chinese Yellow River Waterwheel inventor, struggles to compete in the modern waterwheel market and to pass on the heritage of his craft. (2) In a ceremony with much meaning to Shiite Muslims in Iran, but which has much more ancient origins, a group of traditional people in Shahrud, Semnan Province, perform their ablution a few hours before the start of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.

Produced in 2018 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata - Portraits of Humanity - Nov'18

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(1) Dr. Chloe Duckworth, alias “ArchaeoDuck,” covers the archaeology behind a news story from 2016, about how iron from a meteorite was used to make a dagger found in an ancient Egyptian tomb. Plus awesome tips on researching and learning for free online! (2) This journey of beautiful art and nature showcases the grandeur of Ambajogai city in Maharashtra, India, which was a center of cultural developments around the 10th and 11th century. Seven inscriptions have come to light there, informing on the town structure and local cultural heritage.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Oct'18

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Hawthorne was a small community in Aiken County, South Carolina.   When the construction of the Savannah River Site nuclear reservation took place  in 1950, Hawthorne and its handful of residents had to be removed.  The climate of the times and the onset of the Cold War meant the end of this community.  As the years passed, Hawthorne and its story were lost.  This documentary combines interviews with two surviving residents, historical documents and photos, and archaeology to draw the viewer into this very tumultuous time.