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Video News from TAC - June 2013



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Mochica’s Sacrifice; ancient temple site on Pacific island


(1) Mochican iconography comes to life in this film, which portrays a ceremony of sacrifice carried out by the Moche culture in coastal Peru between A.D. 100 and 800.  Each part of the ceremony is shown, beginning with the battle of great warriors.  (2) On the Micronesian island of Kosrae lies the site of Menke.  Oral history says a temple existed in that area, where people worshiped the goddess Sinlaku.  Is it 1300 years old, one of the oldest temples in the Pacific, as expected?  Dr. Felicia Beardsley and her excavation team have spent a dozen years finding out.


Video News from TAC - May 2013



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A Treasure of Gold; de Soto’s 1539 army encampment in Florida


(1) In the 1970s, near the Greek village of Aidonia, a mule fell into a hole.  Upon rescuing the animal, villagers discovered a rare golden treasure buried amidst a group of skeletons.  They tried to keep it a secret.  This is the story of the plunder of Mycenaean tombs and the recovery of precious cultural heritage.  (2) Aided by a hurricane, a project in Florida finds an ancient Native American town where Hernando de Soto and his army encamped and which later became one of the earliest Spanish missions established in what is now the United States.


Video News from TAC - April 2013



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Simpson Avenue Bridge; film clips from TAC Festival 2013


(1) In 1928, the coastal city of Hoquiam in Washington state was a boom town supplying timber for the rapidly growing American West.  The Simpson Avenue Bridge opened that year, but its design became problematic as it entered the Twenty-First Century.  Transportation engineers found a smart way to preserve the bridge and keep it functioning for the people of today.  (2) Lisa Westwood concludes our preview series for The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival (7-11 May 2013, Eugene, Oregon) with seven short clips.


Video News from TAC - March 2013



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A Tomb Raider in Cyprus; film clips from TAC Festival 2013


(1) During his stay on the island from 1865 until 1876, the American consul in Cyprus, Luigi Cesnola, became an amateur archaeologist to profit from the trade of antiquities.  He gathered up more than 35,000 objects.  When local authorities prohibited the export of this enormous collection, Cesnola loaded his treasures onto boats and shipped them to New York. (2) Lisa Westwood launches our preview series for The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival (7-11 May 2013, Eugene, Oregon) with nine short clips.


Video News from TAC - February 2013



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Egyptian cave hides royal mummies; Robert Blake and English Civil War


Text: (1) Three thousand years ago, Egyptian priests gathered up the mummies and grave goods from many royal tombs and hid them away in a secret cave.  Three thousand years later, a young boy chanced upon the tomb.  Then the looting began.  (2) The English Civil war marked the point in history when the monarchy no longer could govern without the consent of Parliament.  In 1644, the city of Taunton under the command of Robert Blake was the only place in the southwest of England held by the Parliamentarians.


Video News from TAC - January 2013



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Volunteers catalog Utah artifacts, abandoned Irish island, indigenous tale from Brazil


(1) Lay volunteers catalog artifacts through the Forest Service Passport In Time (PIT) program at  the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding, Utah. (2) The rocky island of Inishark, off the west coast of Ireland, was inhabited for thousands of years and then abandoned in 1960.  Archaeologists fortunately can bring three former residents to the island to help them document the very visible ruins.  (3) An imaginative film brings to life a Native American tale from the Amazon rain forest about a young girl who falls in love with the moon.


Video News from TAC - December 2012



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Tennessee egg fight, historic UK theater


(1) In a family feud nearly two centuries old, two Appalachian families keep alive their tradition of egg fighting.  The annual Peters Hollow Easter Egg Fight in Stoney Creek, Tennessee, was a way to settle a dispute over which family's chickens laid  harder eggs.  (2) The Watermill Theatre in Berkshire, England, resides in a structure with a three hundred year history.  The wooden building that stands there today has served as a flour mill, a cloth mill, a paper mill, and since the 1960s as a theater for stage productions.


Video News from TAC - November 2012



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Nevada rock art, Illinois archaeology


(1) One of the greatest places to see rock art is Nevada, which has lots of rock faces, a dry climate that preserves it, and limited vegetation to cover it up.  The Nevada Rock Art Foundation is busy recording what’s there and finding ways to preserve it.  (2) Lots of archaeology goes on in Illinois all the time, outside the attention of most people.  In this segment, the Illinois Archaeological Survey describes how they do that work.  Visit some excavation sites and drop in on the lab where the archaeologists organize, catalog and interpret what they find.


Video News from TAC - October 2012



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Highway Archaeology in Pennsylvania


Important decisions surrounding archaeological work in the path of a major Pennsylvania highway involved sensitive discussions among 15 Native American tribes, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.  For archaeologists, the research was exciting, yielding prehistoric longhouses, a palisade, key-hole structures, and 100,000 artifacts.  For both Native Americans and archaeologists, consultation about the excavation and discovered burials was troubling and hard, but compromise finally came.


Video News from TAC - September 2012



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Maya pyramid, Roman walls, Hawaiian historic structure


(1) A Maya pyramid at El Zotz, Guatemala, with images done in dramatic painted stucco and a royal tomb full of artifacts and human remains, may have linked the deceased lord to the eternal sun; (2) technicians using ancient building techniques work to save crumbling walls at  “The Mithraeum of the Painted Walls” in Ostia Antica, the harbor of classical Rome; (3) workers restore Paschoal Hall, the central structure of Kalaupapa.


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