are some educational and popular videos on archeology and anthropology
that may be of interest to the public. For a more comprehensive list
of archeology and anthropology videos please visit the links to video
lists below. Also, you may want to check with your local library for
to video lists
This site features a number of short video programs about archaeological
sites around the world.
DER Film and Video Listings
This page contains listings and brief summaries for anthropology and
archaeology films available for purchase through Documentary and Educational
Lost Worlds: The Story of Archaeology [video recording]
Produced by Princeton, NJ, Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2000.
This six-part series presents a complex history of archaeology, stretching
back nearly 250 years. The series concisely surveys several topics including
history of the discipline, archaeology's use as a political tool, and
the future of archaeology. The 50-minute programs include: Stones and
Bones: The Birth of Archaeology; Treasure Seekers: Archaeology Turns
from Passion to Plunder; Digging by the Book: Program Archaeology; Looking
for One Beginning: The Fallacy of Diffusionism; At the Service of the
State: Archaeology as Political Tool; The Future of the Past.
National Anthropological Archives
Developed by the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, this online archive collects and preserves historical and contemporary anthropological materials that document the world's cultures and the history of the discipline. Its collections represent the four fields of anthropology—ethnology, linguistics, archaeology, and physical anthropology—and include manuscripts, fieldnotes, correspondence, photographs, maps, sound recordings, film and video created by Smithsonian anthropologists and other preeminent scholars.
Strangers Abroad [video recording]
Produced by Princeton, NJ, Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1990.
This six-part series presents a formative history of cultural anthropology.
The series focuses on the shift from "armchair" anthropology to the
practice of anthropological fieldwork, by spotlighting the work of a
number of early influential anthropologists. The 52-minute programs
include: Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer: Fieldwork; Franz Boas: The Shackles
of Tradition; William Rivers: Everything Is Relatives; Bronislaw Malinowski:
Off the Veranda; Margaret Mead: Coming of Age; Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard:
Bones of contention [video recording]
Written and produced by Danielle Peck and Alex Seaborne. A BBC production,
1995. Video examines the current practice of Native American human remains
repatriation, and numerous conflicts that have arisen between Native
American groups, archaeologists, and museum curators.
Digging for slaves [video recording]
Written and produced by Jonathan Dent. A BBC-TV production in association
with Arts and Entertainment Network, 1989. Video details the excavation
of three slave quarters in Middleburg Plantation, South Carolina, at
Monticello, Virginia, and at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
Thieves of time [video recording]
Produced and directed by Don Hopfer; written by Pat Beaty, Don Hopfer,
Beth Vershure. A PBS production, KAET-TV, 1992. Video details the looting
of North American archaeological sites from colonial times through the
present. Video also illuminates recent legislation enacted as a means
of stemming this practice.
Unearthing the slave trade [video recording]
Produced by Tom Naughton and Nicolas Valcour; director, Joe Wiecha;
writers, Eleanor Grant … [et al.]. Produced in association with the
Archaeological Institute of America; New Dominion Pictures, 1993. Video
details the archaeological excavations of the African burial ground
in New York, as well as examining the lives of enslaved Africans in
colonial New York City.
anthropology and related issues
Gullah tales [video recording]
Written and directed by Gary Moss; produced by Gene deGolian and Gary
Moss. A production of the Office of Educational Media, Georgia State
University, 1987. Set in 1830 on a rural South Sea Island plantation,
the video is narrated by an elderly slave storyteller telling stories
The Biggest Jewish City in the World [video recording].
Destination America series. Produced by Princeton, NJ, Films for the
Humanities and Sciences, 1992. A cultural history detailing the late
19th and 20th century Jewish Diaspora's immigration to New York City.
Chinese-Americans Living in Two Worlds [video recording].
Produced by Princeton, NJ, Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1999.
Video explores the complexities of Chinese-American cultural identity
by focusing on issues of immigration, family life and contemporary American
The Hispanic Americans: One or Many Cultures? [video
Part of the Hispanic Americans series. Produced by Princeton, NJ, Films
for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998. Video explores the multiple facets
of contemporary Hispanic American communities by addressing cultural
identities derived from a number of historical nationalities.
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