Strata: Portraits of HumanityStrata: 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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Youth diving on shipwrecks; saving Cyprus frescoes

Biscayne National Park and the NPS Submerged Resources Center partnered with Youth Diving With a Purpose for a youth engagement project on shipwreck archaeology.  For 500 years, an exquisite Renaissance fresco, the “Forty Martyrs of Sebaste,” has remained hidden, forgotten and neglected in a 14th Century church in Famagusta, Cyprus...

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Syracuse 3D Reborn

Syracuse, Italy, founded by the Corinthians in 733 BC, was the birthplace of poets and thinkers and visited by many prominent figures of Greek culture.  Syracuse became one of the most influential Greek cities of the Mediterranean. Nonetheless, Syracuse never has received the attention it deserves either in scientific literature or in the mainstream...

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Ruins of Nan Madol

On the island of Pohnpei lies the huge megalithic complex of Nan Madol, the most impressive construction in all the Pacific islands.  Here an elite class separated themselves from the rest and carried out important rituals. This episode documents the knowledge of the late Pohnpeian historian, Masao Hadley...

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James Madison slave quarters; Iron Age mirror; HMS Fowey

(1)Reconstruction of the South Yard, the slave quarters at the James Madison mansion, marks the beginning of a new chapter at Montpelier. (2)A beautiful Iron Age Mirror found by a metal detectorist in Oxfordshire, UK, is a piece of craftmanship used more than 2,000 years ago. (3)HMS Fowey, a British frigate, struck a coral reef and sank in 1748...

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In and near Istanbul; The Mountain Wars of Fiji

(1)The region surrounding Turkey’s Sea of Marmara, including the storied capitol city, Istanbul, is renowned for its visible reminders of antiquity. (2)Across the islands of Fiji, hilltop fortresses tell a tale of a warfare and cannibalism going back a thousand years, when the war gods demanded tribute or revenge...

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Basque arborglyphs; abandoned US World War II base in the UK

For more than half-a-century, Jean and Phillip Earl of Reno, Nevada, have used clues from old maps, letters and books to hunt for and document “Mountain Picassos.”  UK archaeology student Rebecca Kellawan journeys to uncover the use of a crumbling, abandoned US World War II base located on the grounds of a beautiful Victorian estate...