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  This documentary combines interviews with two surviving residents, historical documents and photos, and archaeology to draw the viewer into this very tumultuous time.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Aug'18

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(1) This is a short documentary about the forging of a Javanese Gamelan gong, highlighting the rhythmic nature of the methods employed by traditional gamelan makers, including the firing, molding and tuning of a new bronze instrument. (2) The famous Bridge of Avignon, the subject if a wonderful children’s song, stops in the middle of the Rhone River. Abandoned centuries ago, it prompts questions. What happened to it? Why is there so little left? Where did it lead to? And what did it look like in all its glory?

Produced in 2018 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jul'18

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(1) In the eighth century, after centuries of trade contact, the Vikings set sail in their clinker-built ships to many parts of the world. Over a span of 300 years, they carried out raids, trade and migration all over Christian Europe and even more far-flung regions. (2) Native Americans from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation speak out on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the repetition of history and their roles as water-protectors in a struggle for modern sovereignty. This film examines the protests as well as the social consequences of pipeline construction.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Apr'18

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(1) TAC Tour of Iran 2017 was a 17-day journey to key ancient and medieval sites in the cradle of civilization. In this short video, tour participants express their reactions to a transformative experience, which will be repeated in 2018. (2) This film is primarily about the daily lives and traditions of the Turkic Alevi woodmen. The woodmen are a group of Turkmen who for centuries have carried on timber harvesting and living in the mountainous region close to the western and southern shores of Turkey.

Produced in 2018 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - May'18

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(1) Many of the most valuable coins minted in ancient Rome had gold mined from northern Portugal. Huge work areas in the open, deep galleries and a complex network of hydraulic channels are impressive for their size and state of conservation—the most fascinating in Roman Portugal. (2) TAC Tour of Iran 2017 was a 17-day journey to key ancient and medieval sites in the cradle of civilization. In this short video, tour participants express their reactions to a transformative experience, which will be repeated in 2018. We are taking reservations now.