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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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Reading Herculaneum scrolls; historic British Columbia and Nevada miner

About 2000 years ago, Mt. Vesuvius in southern Italy exploded, carbonizing a private library in Herculaneum.  The papyrus scrolls are extremely fragile and many have been damaged. William Culverville, a British miner in the Cariboo mining district of British Columbia, skedaddled (i.e., escaped debts) to Nevada.  While driving a stagecoach...

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Historic Idaho charcoal kilns; Scottish coastal town; Anglo-Saxon sword

The Birch Creek Charcoal Kilns are a group of beehive-shaped clay charcoal kilns near Leadore, Idaho, built in 1886 to produce charcoal to smelt lead and silver ore from the nearby Viola Mine. Brora, Scotland, is where a volunteer-based excavation recorded...

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Ancient Australia; replicating Alexandria coins

The Australian landscape may look unchanged, but its fossils and cave paintings tell a hidden story. In the summer of 2009, a team of numismatists is looking to replicate bronze coinage, particularly the twin eagle piece struck in Alexandria, Egypt, in the 2nd century BC...

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Quivira: Conquistadors on the Plains

Spanish conquistadors four centuries ago, vainly searching for riches in the North American heartland, encountered a remarkable American civilization that eventually faded from memory.  After a new look at an old Spanish journal and a long-ignored map...

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Mariana Islands latte stones, Part 2; Life at Roman Baths

The megalithic ruins known as latte symbolize the ancient culture of the Chamorro people of the Mariana Islands. In ancient Rome, public bath houses provided diverse facilities for health by water, or Salus Per Aquam (SPA).  A virtual reproduction of the baths...

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Historic Norwegian farm; Mariana Islands latte stones, Part 1

The stream at the historic farm of Havrå connects the mountain, the field and the fjord.  Havrå, whose history stretches back to the Bronze Age, is protected by the Norwegian government. The megalithic ruins known as latte symbolize the ancient culture of the Chamorro people of the Mariana Islands...