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OLLI presents - Doug Borchert - John Mackay and Mark Twain: Mining and Literary Titans of the Comstock Lode, A Unique Friendship

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OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, presents Doug Borchert and his lecture 'John Mackay and Mark Twain: Mining and Literary Titans of the Comstock Lode, A Unique Friendship.'

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jun'19

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(1) Two episodes of Dr. Chloe Duckworth’s “ArchaeoDuck” series.  She compares the scant evidence analyzed by archaeology to a jigsaw puzzle and then explains how an archaeological site is formed and why archaeologists take it apart the way they do. (2) Archaeologist-filmmaker Adam Thompson puts forth a fascinating hypothesis to explain massive architectural features made of columnar basalt as far east as Nan Madol on Pohnpei.  Did Austronesian royal elite flee from Hindu expansion in Java and migrate to eastern Melanesia?

Produced in 2019 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - May'19

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(1) In a short comedy shot in 2003 in the fish collection at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Coounty, Gail, a university student, arrives at the fish archives of the Museum with a mission to identify bones from a dig on Santa Catalina Island.  She has a surprising adventure!  (2) In Tauste, northern Spain, a church tower supposedly built with the church in the 13th century, turns out to be the minaret of a former mosque built in the 11th century.  This video documents the research that led to this surprising conclusion and the re-imagining of Tauste history.

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 - Mar'19

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(1) Dr. Chloe Duckworth, alias “ArchaeoDuck,” presents the latest in her "Meet the Archaeologist" series. Dayanna Knight is a talented artist and expert in Viking identity. Find out about how she combined her talents to create “The Viking Coloring Book.” (2) From the present to the past, a young woman and her brother trace the history of their ancestors through traditional stone carving in Shiraz, Iran, in the center of the ancient Persian homeland. Their journey takes them to Persepolis and monuments to revered Iranian poets.

Produced in 2019 by Archaeological Legacy Institute