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 - Mar'22

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(1) Kekere means “small” in Yoruba. This animation music video deals with the sad theme of slavery, focusing on social memory. The script and songwriter Wagner Cinelli was inspired by the slavery period in Brazil, which lasted until 1888, and its harsh consequences up to the present day. (2) In Santo Stefano Quisquina, Sicily, during the solemn procession on Good Friday, ancient songs are sung in dialect, mostly dedicated to the Virgin Mary. These songs were likely to disappear, if not for some young people who wanted to keep the tradition alive.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Feb '22

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The Royal Museum of Mariemont in Belgium holds an exhibit that visitors find particularly intriguing: a fragment of a colossal female statue. The director of the museum, Marie-Cécile Bruwier, launches a full-scale investigation into the mystery surrounding this piece. Where does it come from? Can it be dated? How did it get to Mariemont, and does it really represent Cleopatra? The research will take her to Alexandria in Egypt and will involve dozens of specialists. Will the enigmatic young woman of the statue give up all her secrets?

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jan '22

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Can a blind person see the Acropolis? Can a deaf person hear the sound of the sea? Are museums in Greece accessible? “Go, look, listen” is a documentary about the issue of museum accessibility in Greece and how people with disabilities experience reality. Disabled people talk about their thoughts, and their demands not only from a museum, but society in general. Without a doubt, issues faced by disabled people in Greece are the same as those experienced by those in other countries around the world.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Dec '21

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(1) A young Quaker farmer from Pennsylvania makes a choice to contradict his pacifist upbringing and fight in the Civil War to end the horror of slavery. His idealistic life leads to an experience as a prisoner-of-war in the pain and despair of a Confederate prison camp. (2) In a traditional ranch in northern Iran, a cow loses her calf. The galeshes (Iranian cowboys) follow a time-honored technique, placing the skin of the dead calf on the body of another calf, to prevent the cow’s milk from drying up.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jun'21

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(1) Dr. Michele Koons, Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, digs into the Museum collection drawers to tell us about some gorgeous shell bracelets from the prehistoric Hohokam culture in the American Southwest. (2) Canada's oldest army regiment, the Queen's York Rangers, traces its origins back to 1756 and the French and Indian War. In this film, follow the Rangers’ two-hundred-and-fifty-year journey from the American Revolution into the modern War On Terror as they continue to build their legacy.

Produced in 2021 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - May'21

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The Big Dig: Paisley Abbey 2019 documents an 8-week excavation, the latest phase in the long-term archaeological investigation of one of Scotland's most intriguing monuments, the Great Drain of Paisley Abbey. Extending 90 m, this finely crafted stone-lined 6-ft high conduit supposedly took waste from the Abbey complex to the White Cart River. This film shows professional archaeologists and community volunteers working to increase our knowledge of the Abbey precinct, the construction of the Drain itself, and its impact on the community.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Apr'21

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(1) Dr. Chloe Duckworth, aka ArchaeoDuck, in her vlog tells us all about how and why archaeologists use aerial photography to find and interpret vanished archaeological sites. (2) This film, produced by the Digital Humanities Initiative at Hamilton College, New York, documents the field and lab research in Slocan Valley, British Columbia, since the year 2000. It explores the questions about and interpretations of the indigenous occupation of the Slocan Narrows, shedding light on the pre-colonial history of the valley.

Produced in 2021 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Mar'21

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(1) The Yam Festival, known in the local Ewe dialect as “Te Za,” is a harvest festival in the Asogli State in the Volta Region of Ghana. Colorfully combining music, dancing, feasting, and local crafts, this event celebrates family, farmers, culture, and unity. (2) Landing at today’s Tampa Bay in 1539, Hernando de Soto and his army sought gold and glory. 1540 he entered Chickasaw territory and claimed authority over them. The Chickasaw eventually overcame these unwelcome visitors, ending de Soto’s American expedition.

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Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Feb'21

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An international team of researchers and volunteers from ArCHIAM (University of Liverpool) and the NGO Terrachidia (Spain) conducted restoration work in the most remote oasis of the Draa Valley, at the edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Involving the local community as well as professionals from around the world, the team restored and documented the oasis’s endangered cultural heritage. The film is all about the cultural significance of this place and highlights the synergy of heritage preservation and community empowerment.

Produced in 2021 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jan'21

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(1) Dr. Chloe Duckworth, aka “ArchaeoDuck,” shows how crop marks can reveal archaeological sites, and how you can create your own experimental crop marks by planting garden cress. (2) An old man, Ljosha Bakhtiyarov, lives alone with his dog in a small hut in the deep forest of the Perm region in Russia. He is the last man remaining from the Visherskije Mansi, an indigenous Ugrian people distantly related to Hungarians, Finns and the Sami. The story begins when Bakhtiyarov starts to recollect memories about his people.

Produced in 2021 by Archaeological Legacy Institute