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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Archaeology in 12 Minutes; Photographing the Invisible

Christian Ris explains the story of archaeology, its challenges and major advances in a narrative style with numerous archived images.  Using black light and intricate exploitation of digital photography, the walls of the catacombs of Kom el-Shougafa in Alexandria, the mummies of the Taklamakan Desert in China...


The Secret Passage; prehistoric Florida canoe update; Roman soldier tombstone in UK

In a short animated film, a small boy discovers an ancient grave by accident and witnesses its looting and destruction. After 3 years soaking in a tank filled with a preservative solution, the 1,100 year old Native American dugout canoe. A Roman soldier’s gravestone excavated in 2003 inspires young UK cadets to design a memorial stone for war veterans...


East and southeast Anatolia; English China Shipwreck site in Biscayne Bay

Eastern and southeastern Anatolia in Turkey has great scenic beauty and is an archaeological wonderland with clear traces of many civilizations.  It includes Mt. Nimrud, with a massive burial mound and monumental statues. During 2011 excavations on the English China Shipwreck in Biscayne National Park, Florida, the crew hoped to pinpoint the ship’s date and identity...


Metalla Oiassonis–Roman mining in northern Spain

In this documentary, Felix Ugarte Elkartea introduces us to the complex world of the ancient mining that the Romans developed at the ancient port city of Oiasso, located within the modern city today named Irun in Spanish and Gipuzkoa in Basque, in Spain near the French border.  In the western foothills of the Pyrenees and the next to the Bay of Biscay stands the granite massif called Aiako Harria...

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Pacific islanders renew sailing tradition

The documentary film, “Sailing Canoe,” follows the efforts of people across Micronesia to re-learn the art of sailing canoes.  It traces the connections of people from Guam and Rota to Yap and the outer islands of Micronesia that once were connected by long-distance canoe voyages.  Modern development has affected each island differently and each struggles in its own way to maintain its ancient heritage...