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 - 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

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Dec'20

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(1) In this episode of the ArchaeoDuck series, Chloe Duckworth takes us to the Roman Villa Borg in Germany, where Roman glass is being reconstructed in replica workshops by master glassblowers from around the world.  (2) Close to the Austrian border in northern Italy, the show’s hostess, Francesca Mazzalei, and Dr. Franco Marzatico explore the prehistory and history of the Alpine region of Trentino.  This is the second of two episodes, featuring ancient copper mining in the Bronze Age and silver mining in the Medieval Period.

Produced in 2019 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Sep'20

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This documentary traces the fundamental historical steps that led the Medici ruler, Cosimo the First, to establish the recently restored Medici Fortress on the hill of San Donato in Arezzo, the ancient city founded by the Etruscans. It shows, in an epic and evocative manner, how this mighty Renaissance fortification was able to dominate the entire city, but eventually was buried and forgotten. This is an exploration of the origins and identity of the millennia-long history of the Tuscan city of Arezzo.

Produced in 2020 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata - Portraits of Humanity - Nov'20

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(1) Dr. Chloe Duckworth, aka “ArchaeoDuck,” tells us that some of the most vital tools for archaeologists are typology and seriation.  Find out what they are, what they tell us, and why you already know how to do them!  (2) Ancient and historical connections exist between salt extraction and Alicante Province, Spain.  This close relationship throughout history has created unique landscapes and environments, which are teeming with life.  Salt has played an important role in the local economy, society, customs, and rhythm of Alicante’s life.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Oct'20

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(1) Dr. Chloe Duckworth, aka “ArchaeoDuck,” addresses some key questions: Why do we study stuff?  What's the point in “material culture studies,” when we have texts to guide us?  Can things really have power over us and “tell” us what to do?  (2) Follow an outstanding scientific adventure examining traces of the first prehistoric people of the Congo Basin.  An archaeological expedition finds a rare and elusive site in heart of Gabon and uses high technology to date stone tools hundreds of thousands of years old.

Produced in 2020 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Aug'20

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Focusing on the Iranian sailor-turned-farmer, Soleiman, this film highlights the plight of Lake Urmia, the largest lake in the Middle East. Located in the northwestern corner of Iran and surrounded by ancient sites up to 9000 years old, Lake Urmia has become a salt plain. The desiccation of this lake poses serious environmental challenges. The film takes a tour of the area, following Soleiman and his new life as a farmer. The viewer sees rusting ships, blowing clouds of salt and plant damage that are the legacy of a once thriving lake.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jul'20

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(1) We launched The Archaeology Channel as our streaming media website exactly 20 years ago, in July 2000.  Now hosting hundreds of videos, TAC still relies on membership contributions, now more than ever.  This short promo explains why and how you can support us.  (2) As archaeologists have traced our history, we’ve overwhelmingly heard the masculine narrative.  We’ve been taught that men were the only ones doing anything worthwhile. This film introduces the female anthropologists who dared to ask, “Where’s the other half of the species?”

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - Jun'20

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(1) Chloe Duckworth interviews Dr. Emma Cunliffe, who works for Blue Shield International to help protect cultural heritage in times of war and to assist the superheroes around the world who work on the ground to protect their heritage. (2) Some places are so soulful that they can be not just seen, but felt within. This documentary describes such a place, called “Palsambe Monoliths” in India. Each monolith is carved from a single stone. The temples date back to the 6th and 7th centuries AD.

Produced in 2020 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity - May'20

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(1) In his workshop, master sculptor Artak Hambardzumyan of Yerevan, Armenia, continues an ancient tradition and demonstrates his rare stone-cutting skills by making eight khachkars, or Armenian cross-stones, for clients in Ukraine. (2) In this ArchaeoDuck interview, Chloe chats with Dr. David Connolly, the founder of the British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) website, who has lots of tips for a career in archaeology, along with some fabulous anecdotes from his own colorful career.

Produced in 2020 by Archaeological Legacy Institute