A half-hour video news magazine each month bringing you stories from the wide world of archaeology
Beijing: Vanishing Hutongs, Native American Duck Decoys, TAC Festival 2011
(1) The final chapter of Jonah Kessel's hutong series, "The Fate of Old Beijing: The Vanishing Hutongs," about the threat modernization poses to China's cultural heritage. And a bonus feature from Jonah Kessel: "Beijing Hutong Tour." (2) "Mike Williams: Duck Decoys and Tule Work ," about a Native American man rediscovering an ancient craft. (3) Our preview series for The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival (24-28 May 2011, Eugene, Oregon) concludes with six short clips.
Beijing: Vanishing Hutongs, Donny George Tribute, TAC Festival 2011
(1) The first two chapters of Jonah Kessel's hutong series, "The Fate of Old Beijing: The Vanishing Hutongs," about the threat modernization poses to China's cultural heritage. (2) A tribute to Dr. Donny George, former caretaker of the Iraq Museum, who passed away in March 2011. (3) Our preview series for The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival (24-28 May 2011, Eugene, Oregon) continues with six short clips.
Tour of Italy, Terracotta Army, TAC Festival 2011
(1) In November 2010, Video News host Rick Pettigrew visited Italy for the Borsa tourism trade show. When he returned, he filed this video report on places he visited in Rome, Pompeii, Paestum, and the Borsa. (2) The fascinating exhibit, "The Warrior Emperor and the Terracotta Army," tells the story of the first Emperor of China and will be at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through June 26. (3) Our preview series for The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival (24-28 May 2011, Eugene, Oregon) continues with four short clips.
Thames Discovery Programme, Tall Hisban, TAC Festival 2011
(1) The Thames Discovery Programme documents and protects the longest open-air archaeological site in London: the banks of the Thames River. (2) Tall Hisban, the longest continually excavated site in Jordan, tells the story of repeated power shifts over several thousand years, but also offers hope for international cooperation. (3) Two film clips begin our preview series for The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, which takes place May 24-28, 2011, in Eugene, Oregon.
Snake Gulch, Atafu
(1) The Hopi Tribe and the USDA Forest Service are collaborating to protect some remarkable rock art panels in northern Arizona at a place in Kanab Creek Wilderness called Snake Gulch. In 2009 Forest Service and Hopi representative spent a week there to explore ways to preserve this site. (2) Archaeologists from New Zealand come to the small Pacific island of Atafu to excavate and live among the native Polynesian people. The archaeologists and the native people work together and end up learning a lot from each other.
Moon Base, Indigenous Taiwan
(1) California archaeologist Lisa Westwood is on a mission: establish a legal protective framework for Tranquility Base, where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first landed on the Moon in July 1969. Some successful steps already have been taken. (2) The indigenous Austronesian people of Taiwan, now just two percent of the island's population, are a disadvantaged group, with high unemployment and substandard education. But now they are expressing increased ethnic pride, reviving traditional cultural practices and preserving their languages.
Tom King Interview
Protecting archaeological and historical sites from project impacts in the United States is guided by the “Section 106 process.” A chief architect of this system, Dr. Tom King, is so convinced that the process no longer works that he has published a book called Our Unprotected Heritage: Whitewashing the Destruction of Our Cultural and Natural Environment. We interviewed Dr. King to find out what he believes is wrong with the U.S. heritage protection system and what can be done about it. Special production by Faith Haney on August 5, 2010, interview with Tom King at his home in Silver Springs, MD.
This inaugural installment of the Video News from TAC features a tour of Thailand's cultural heritage by ALI videographer, Teal Greyhavens. From Chiang Mai in the north to the islands around Koh Chang in the south, this tour features the Hmong, Yao and Akha hill tribes; spectacular Buddhist temples; bathing elephants; traditional food production and marketing; and the monuments of the capitol, Bangkok. Thailand is a country whose past and present coalesce in the lives of its people and the environment they have managed for many centuries.