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Ancient & Classical Civilizations

600 Millennia: China's History Unearthed.

Documents a 1974 touring exhibition of Chinese antiquities and archaeological finds of the People's Republic of China. 2 parts, 89 min.

A Tale of Two Rivers

Shows the significance to the study of human development of the valleys of the Dordogne and then Vezere rivers in France. Includes scenes of modern life in the Dordogne and then explores the area's importance in the study of history. Discusses the significance of various archeological sites and examines the concern of present-day inhabitants for preserving their Languedocian customs and language. The narration is edited from interviews with archeologists, historians, and art historians. 1974. 40 min.

America's Stone Age Explorers: Where Did the First Americans Come From?

Archaeological experts and others challenge the theory that the first Americans arrived in America around 13,500 years ago and suggest possibilites that they could have arrived even sooner. This television program asks the question "who were America's first settlers?" While the discovery of spear points in Clovis, New Mexico in the 1930's led scientists to conclude that the earliest settlers crossed the land bridge from Siberia to Alaska at the end of the last ice age, new findings challenge this theory.

Ancient China

From the creation legend of Panku to the demise of the Han Dynasty, this program traces Chinese history and explores the roots of Chinese culture. It visits the Great Wall of China, the Imperial Palace and the Beijing Opera, whose works are an elaborate retelling of traditional folktales. The influences of Buddhism, Taoism and ancestor worship in China are also examined along with footage of the Buddhist caves and the Terra Cotta Army. 1999. 47 min.

Ancient Egypt.

Shows examples of ancient Egyptian art and architecture while briefly outlining Egypt's history. Traces the development of Egyptology and includes interviews with Egyptologists and archaeologists currently working in Egypt. 1971. 52 min.

Aqueducts: Man Made Rivers of Life

They are arguably the most important public works projects in history. Without aqueducts, many of the world's great cities and civilizations would never have existed. For thousands of years, we have shaped the world and forged history by controlling the flow of water. From the continent-spanning constructions of Ancient Rome to the lifeline that quenches Los Angeles's thirst, this documentary takes a probing look at the history and technology of aqueducts. 1997. 50 min.

Archaeology: Questioning the Past.

Reviews the preparation that students need before they go out on an archaeolgical dig. Includes two sequences of digging--one at an ancient Indian site in northern California and the other at an Anasazi Pueblo site near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Illustrates the full range of archaeological inquiry. c1987. 27 min.

Archeology, Unearthing Our Past

An overview of archeological exploration throughout the world and the role it has played in discovering the pre-history of mankind. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Produced and written by Adam Sternberg. Supplementary feature accompanying: Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. 20 min.

Art of the Western World

Traces the origins of humanism and much of Western art to ancient Greece. Discusses Kouroi and Korai figures and the architecture of the Parthenon. Identifies Roman art as inherently political art that concentrated on technical sophistication and detail. Traces the decline of humanistic values in the late antique period where classical themes and forms were adapted to serve Christian purposes. Features art experts John Boardman and Richard Brilliant. c1989. 60 min.

Athens Subway (Modern Marvels.; Athens subway)

Part public works project, part archeological excavation, the modernization of Athens' subway was a monstrous undertaking. Project engineers and archaeologists discuss the difficult balance between progress and preservation and how engineers had to resort to ingenious methods of building and tunneling so as not to harm Athens' ancient treasures. 2004. 50 min.