This episode of Strata returns to a familiar theme: what does legacy mean for a people, and how can it be preserved?
In the first video of this episode, we are introduced to the stream at the historic farm of Havrå that connects the mountain, the field and the fjord. Havrå, whose history stretches back to the Bronze Age, is protected by the Norwegian government. On the farm, the field and the old sharing of the cultivated land are still intact. And though many of the ancient ways have changed, a deep sense of heritage and community remain. Our second offering looks at the megalithic ruins known as latte that symbolize the ancient culture of the Chamorro people of the Mariana Islands. Latte are stone pillars and capitals that supported houses in complex village systems until the late 1600s prior to massive societal change under Spanish rule. In this video we explore how the Chamorro legacy was built, and how clues to the past have uncovered new mysteries yet to be solved. Part 1 of 2. Continue reading
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Tagged ancient architecture, ancient culture, ancient farm, ancient history, AntiquityNOW, Chamorro, free curriculum, free lesson plans, free teaching resources, Havra, Mariana Islands
Two new features in the video news-magazine series Strata: Portraits of Humanity, produced by AntiquityNOW’s partner, Archaeological Legacy Institute, examine the complex elements of a culture’s past that continue to influence modern times.
“In and near Istanbul” tours the region surrounding Turkey’s Sea of Marmara, including the storied capitol city Istanbul, which is renowned for its visible reminders of antiquity. This is an archaeological and historical wonderland that draws visitors from all over the world. “The Mountain Wars of Fiji” relates a horrifying piece of Fijian history. Across the islands of Fiji, hilltop fortresses tell a tale of a warfare and cannibalism going back a thousand years, when the war gods demanded tribute or revenge. Yet people have been on these islands far longer and things have not always been the same. Continue reading
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Tagged ancient architecture, ancient churches, ancient history, ancient Turkey, AntiquityNOW, Archaeological Legacy Institute, Fiji, Istanbul, mountain wars, Strata Portraits of Humanity, The Archaeology Channel
UPDATE! This post was originally published on December 16, 2014. In the post below we discussed some ancient building techniques that are being employed in creative and practical ways. These techniques, while thousands of years old, are being utilized in modern constructions because they are sturdy, economical, efficient and sustainable. Today we’re bringing you one more ancient innovation: bamboo. Bamboo is one of the oldest building materials and has been used extensively in South America, Africa and especially Southeast Asia, all areas where it grows in abundance. Incredibly, even though bamboo is strong, beautiful and plentiful, in ancient times it was thought of only as a building material for the very poor. Those who could not afford more lavish materials were forced to pull from their surroundings, and since bamboo was always at hand, it became the most employed. Even today in China, bamboo is referred to as “the poor man’s timber” and is not “accepted as a modern building material.” However, this opinion is rapidly changing as forward-thinking architects around the world have begun to praise bamboo’s unique and valuable qualities. For example, bamboo is light and flexible, and bamboo buildings have been found to withstand earthquakes far better than those made from other more modern materials. Also, while wood can take several decades to mature and be harvested, most bamboo can be harvested after growing for three to six years. In fact, there is one species that only takes two months to mature. Compared to other building materials, bamboo can be processed with relatively little energy and only a limited amount is needed to build an entire house. It can be combined with plywood and steel to create uniquely strong buildings able to withstand natural disasters. Continue reading
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Tagged Acropolis, ancient architecture, ancient building techniques, ancient history, AntiquityNOW, future architecture, pyramid technology, straw bale building, timbrel vault
Ramadan is coming to a close and we thought we’d share a wonderful dessert recipe that is a favorite. It is a perfect way to end an iftar or evening meal that breaks the fast that the faithful observe each day during the Islamic holy month. The recipe below for Halawet El-Riz conjures up a rice, cheese and cream dish that is interesting not only in its delectable fusion of ingredients, but as is so with many recipes, because it is the culinary result of human endeavor through the centuries. Continue reading
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Tagged ancient architecture, ancient recipes, AntiquitNOW, Bon Appetit Wednesday, Breaking fast, Egypt, India, Middle East, Ramadan, rice pudding
This week’s featured video is from The Baldwin School in Pennsylvania and received an Honorable Mention. Viewers are taken to a modern construction site where the architectural features of the past are shown to inspire the present. The ingenious film was created by middle school students Margaret, Emma (Karly), Charisma and Paige with the help and inspiration of their teacher, Preston Bannard. Continue reading
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Tagged ancient architecture, ancient history, AntiquityNOW, Baldwin School, Coliseum, film festival, LegacyQuest, Roman architecture, stadium
Yasukuni Shrine, Japan.
When one wanders through any major city in our day and age, it is possible to cast one’s eyes over various monuments of war erected by the city, such as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the al-Shaheed Monument in Baghdad and the Yasukuni Shrine in Japan. However, when gazing over these war monuments, one does not instantly think of the influences of earlier times and creations that were integral to their design. This article, the first in a two-part series, will consider ancient Roman influence on the construction of two specific modern war monuments. Continue reading
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Tagged ancient architecture, ancient history, ancient monuments, AntiquityNOW, Arc de Triomphe, Nelson's Column, Trajan's Column, war monuments