A half-hour video news magazine each month bringing you stories from the wide world of archaeology
Bahrain Fort; Alexandria Cisterns; Human Fossils
(1) A British archaeology field team explores a historic fort in the small island country of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf to find out what remains beneath the ground.. (2) Development of the modern city of Alexandria, Egypt, has obscured traces of old Alexandria on the surface, but an ancient subterranean world of waterworks still remains to be fully explored. (3) The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology takes pains to make perfect casts of the fossil bones of human ancestors.
Grand Canyon Archaeology; Tubuai: Polynesian Island
(1) Between 2006 and 2009, in the first major excavation project in the vicinity in 40 years, archaeologists sampled nine pre-contact sites along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. This action was taken to recover data before the sites were lost to erosion. (2). In 2007, a group of archaeologists came to Tubuai, an island in east Polynesia, to look for traces of some of the greatest explorers in human history. The people of the island, descendants of those ancient explorers, welcomed the archaeologists with open arms.
Historic Fort Gadsden, Greek Village Becomes Archaeological Site
(1) In 1816, Andrew Jackson ordered the destruction of historic Fort Gadsden, on the Apalachicola River in the Florida Panhandle. Hundreds died in a cataclysmic explosion. This now is a historic site operated by the US Forest Service and open to the public. (2) Residents abandoned the Greek village of Moussai in the 1960s. Now the settlement is decaying. This process of destruction, which archaeologists call "site formation," shows how a living site becomes an archaeological site.
Florida Prehistoric Canoe Recovered, Day of the Dead Altar
(1) Working quickly without heavy equipment to avoid damage to the artifact, archaeologists excavate a thousand-year-old forty-foot wooden canoe from the sandy shore of an island in Tampa Bay. Submitted by Pinellas County Communications. (2) Dr. David Carrasco of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum explains the essential elements of a Day of the Dead altar, by which Mexican families honor their beloved dead. Held each year on November 1-2, this ancient festival combines Aztec and Spanish motifs.
TAC Festival 2011 Results, London Olympics, Vandalism at Hidden Forest Cave
(1) The competitive results from the 2011 edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival. (2) London is hosting the 2012 summer Olympics, but people in London have differences of opinion about the alterations to their city, which is more than two thousand years old. (3) Vandals tag the walls of a mountain cave, obscuring Native American rock art drawn on the walls many centuries ago. Authorities are looking for the perpetrators.
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.