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 - Nov'17

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The Villanovan Culture of northern and central Italy, between 900 and 700 BC, was ancestral to the more well known Etruscan Civilization. This film covers the main elements of that culture: the warrior elite and its attributes, the aristocracy, farm production, religiosity and funeral rites, the crafts, the tasks and the role of women, and the relationship with the other peoples of the Mediterranean. The documentary combines living history with archaeological findings preserved in regional museums to illustrate the daily life of the Villanovans.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Oct'17

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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  This documentary combines interviews with two surviving residents, historical documents and photos, and archaeology to draw the viewer into this very tumultuous time.

Produced in 2017 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jul'17

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(1) Hilman Tobey, a Northern Paiute living at Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, who celebrated his 100th birthday, made stone-bowled pipes for use in traditional ceremonies.  He teaches pipe-making skills to apprentice Norman Zuniga.  (2) It is 70 BC, before the Roman subjugation of Gaul by Julius Caesar.  Cotos, an aristocrat and warrior, runs a farm with his wife, Artimias, in the land of the Eduens, in what is now Burgundy.  Cotos is going to Bibracte, for an important vote and to fetch a sword for his son Eusugenios, establishing him as a genuine warrior.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - May'17

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Resting on stilts on the margins of lakes and marshes in northern Italy were the houses of the Bronze Age Polada Culture, which lasted from 2200 to 1500 BC.  The wooden piles driven into the ground often are well preserved in the marshy ground and mark the houses of these ancient people.  This film shows how archaeologists, based on excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Cavriana and Castellaro Lagusello, investigated the construction techniques used for these houses by actually building them.

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Archaeological Museum of High Mantua

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Apr'17

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(1) Despite the influence of Balinese kings, Dutch traders and the modern world, many indigenous Sasak villages on the Indonesian island of Lombok still rely on their traditions producing pottery and weaving. (2) Dane Ngahuka introduces Kapa Haka, a traditional Maori performing art that integrates singing, dancing, facial expressions, and other elements to tell stories. (3) The troubled history of the Virgin Episkepsis, a Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary, symbolizing a Greek city in Asia Minor and brought to by Greek refugees to Greece in 1924.

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Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Mar'17

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(1) The Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho flows through the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. This is the ancestral home of the Tukudeka Sheep Eaters a hunter-gatherer people who lived along the river until the Sheepeater Indian War of 1879. (2) In 52 BC, Vercingetorix, recently crowned King of the Gauls, has retreated and taken refuge at the oppidum (hill fort) of Alesia. His loss to Julius Caesar at the epic Battle of Alesia marked the conclusion of the Roman conquest of Gaul, a major turning point in the history of Europe.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Feb'17

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(1) The death of a chief on the Pacific island of Pohnpei near the megalithic temple of Nan Madol prompts a big funeral.  After a lifetime of humility, the whole village honors the deceased and his contribution with a feast of the best pigs, yams and sakau.  (2) In 2004, a boat covered by thick sediment emerged from the bottom of the Rhone River.  Rapidly ranked a French national treasure, this still-laden big barge, one of the best ever preserved from Roman times, is the subject of a highly important archaeological project.