Archaeology in the Taguatinga Valley – The Archaeology Channel

Although I haven’t been able to catch this latest offering from TAC, this video and the previous two, first aired a few weeks back should definitely be worth setting aside some time for over this (or any other) weekend – here’s a description of the first,  Archaeology in Taguatinga Valley, from TAC’s website:

This video describes the Archaeological Scientific Salvage and Cultural Heritage Management Program of Taguatinga Valley in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia. The Goiano Institute of Pre-History and Anthropology (IGPA) from the Catholic University of Goias (UCG) conducted research on a massive water treatment project and carried out extensive public education. The work was supervised by Brazilian National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) and funded under contract by the Company of Basic Sanitation of Brasilia (CAESB).

The next is Welcome to Chucalissa, is described as follows:

Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the Chucalissa prehistoric site represents the widespread Mississippian Culture.  Founded initially around A.D. 1000, Chucalissa village reached its peak around 1500 with the construction of large platform mounds around a central plaza.  Part of a complex society and supported by farming and natural foods, the Native American people of this site traded throughout much of the Midwest and South.  Since its rediscovery in 1940, the site has become an education center for the University of Memphis through the C. H. Nash Museum.

And finally we have Uncovering Ancient St. Louis, as explained here:

“Ancient history” didn’t happen just in famous places like Rome, Tikal and Angkor Wat.  It happened also in the heart of North America.  Modern St. Louis residents may not realize that their city once hosted a complex Native American culture, represented by a cluster of mounds, possibly an actual city rivaling Cahokia across the Mississippi River.  A small army of scientists, while uncovering thousands of prehistoric Native American archaeological sites around this fertile convergence of rivers, has some fascinating questions about what took place here.

I’ll try and add comment at a later date when I’ve had time to watch these items in full.

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