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The Center for Desert Archaeology Video Page maintains an archived video collection of interesting lectures on the archaeology of the American Southwest and the Mexican Northwest.
Archaeology Videos (Archaeology at about.com)
- K. Kris Hirst's portal to on-line videos made by archaeologists and other enthusiasts
The 78th Street Archeological Site
The short, narrated video shows the discovery and investigation of a 1,000-year-old Native American village and graphically demonstrates why archaeological investigations are performed and what we can learn from these investigations into America’s past. The video explains the importance of archeology in easy to understand language that is accessible to school children and adults alike. 3-D interpretive renderings help visualize Native American life up to 1,000 years ago. The featured archaeological investigation was performed before the construction of the Katie Harper Wright Elementary School in East St. Louis, Illinois.
New Offerings From The Archaeology Channel
(archived at http://www.archaeologychannel.org)
International Film and Video Festival (TACIFF)
This juried, heritage film competition is the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Like its European counterparts, this festival showcases films on archaeology, indigenous peoples and the world around us. The 2007 Festival has received a record 86 film entries from 23 countries, and will present the top 21 films on the big screen for its audiences May 1st through 5th at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, Oregon. This year, noted human-origins investigator and paeleontologist Louise Leakey will present the opening nights Keynote Address. TACIFF is produced by the Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI). For more information on the Festival events, tickets, and films visit the ALI website here or send email to email@example.com
- Ghosts of Green Bottom A team of archaeologists use traditional research methods and modern technology to unveil Southern plantation life in the first half of the 19th Century in Western Virginia. This film examines the history of a Confederate Virginian family and the 80 persons they enslaved on the Southern banks of the Ohio River.
- Excavating Television Don't believe everything you see on TV! Archaeologists increasingly are concerned with depictions of their discipline on television and how this affects public understanding. A personal (and light-hearted) reflection of this concern by an archaeologist is the subject of Excavating Television.In this personal-voice and very witty short film by University of Southern California student Amy Ramsey, the archaeologist/filmmaker explores what the public knows, and often misconstrues, about her field of study.She interviews people and finds out that they often have inaccurate perceptions about archaeology.She concludes that the media are largely responsible for misleading people about archaeology and urges her audience to be a bit skeptical about archaeology stories they see and hear through media sources.
- The Sledge of the Stone Age Supposedly "primitive" Neolithic farmers in western Europe moved huge boulders across the landscape to construct ritual monuments. The huge stones of Neolithic and Bronze Age tombs in Europe often inspire questions about how people using simple technology could have transported them from their quarries.Those who ask such questions tend to underestimate the ingenuity of people living thousands of years ago.This very short but effective film by Kurt Denzer confirms that there is no need for giants to move the gigantic rocks of a megalithic tomb.In a demonstration of experimental archaeology, a group of young students shows how simple it is to transport the stones.
- Red Salt & Reynolds Archaeology is shedding new light on the special role played by the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia in the early development of American industry.This film interprets the historical archaeology at the Marmet Lock Replacement Project in Kanawha County, West Virginia.The excavations uncovered four salt furnaces, John Reynolds' mansion, the cabin occupied by his slaves, and the cemetery where he and several family members were buried.The film uses historical and industrial archaeology, bioanthropology and historic documents to detail the rise and fall of the Reynolds family and the local salt industry, which helped spark the Industrial Revolution in America.
- The Witnesses of Silence: Discovering Romes Catacombs The catacombs of Rome, underground cemeteries where early Christians took refuge, played an important role in the development of modern archaeology.This film retraces the rediscovery of the catacombs, subterranean burial places and hideouts beneath the streets of ancient Rome.It finds in the dark galleries the traces of early explorers and the signatures, graffiti and inscriptions they left. These early underground explorers include legendary figures such as Antonio Bosio and Giovanni Battista de Rossi, the scholar who laid the scientific basis of modern Italian archaeology.This film sheds new light on an underground world where silence dominates but images retell stories voiced many centuries ago.