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Fall 2002 Web Sites of Interest

National Park Service Archeology and Ethnography Program Redesigns Web Site
The National Park Service Archeology and Ethnography Program has revamped their web site (www.cr.nps.gov). Organized to serve a broad audience, the site offers quick access to a host of materials for professionals and public. A web feature anchors the home page, which also invites access into the two branches of the program, archeology and ethnography. Each branch, as presented on the site, serves as a jargon-free introduction to that part of the program, while offering in-depth information for those who want more.

Through drop-down menus and links, the navigation allows quick maneuverability for all audiences. The home page provides direct access to an area just for teachers. It also features links to materials for the professional audience, including technical briefs, legislation, distance learning modules, and training opportunities. An entire segment will be devoted to the Kennewick Man case. Most of the program's publications will be online, including issues of its magazine, Common Ground: Archeology and Ethnography in the Public Interest.

The redesign was informed by a Harris poll on the public's understanding of archeology, sponsored by the National Park Service Archeology and Ethnography Program, the SAA, and other leading archeological organizations.

Web Site Offers Information on Mesoamerican Studies
The Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies Inc. offers a web site that allows visitors to explore Mesoamerica by reading the latest field reports, downloading images or searching a list of over 60,000 bibliographic entries about ancient cultures of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. The web site also offers a unique online Maya dictionary, with glyphic signs and Mayan sounds for beginners and experts alike. Check the web site at www.famsi.org.

Web Site Features Historical Project in Maryland
A new web site on the Fox Gap Archeological Project is now available. The web site documents the results of a remarkable collaboration of archaeologists, historians, and trail volunteers in the investigation and management of an important archaeological and historic site, the Wise Farmstead (ca. 1858) and Fox Gap Portion of the South Mountain Battlefield in central Maryland. Check the web site at http://www.iuparchaeology.iup.edu/FoxGap/.

The Archaeology Channel Continues to Grow
New additions to The Archaeology Channel, the steaming video web site are now available at www.archaeologychannel.org, as follows:

  • Saving the Black Creek Site—In Vernon Township, New Jersey, a rare prehistoric archaeological site lies within an area planned for recreational development. A small group of local activists, headed by Jessica Paladini and avocational archaeologist Rick Patterson, thus far has shielded the site from construction activities that would disturb it and damage its potential to yield information about thousands of years of human life. The Lenape Tribe of New Jersey has joined with them in the effort. In this Audio Interview, conducted on 30 April 2002, Jessica Paladini explains why she and others are working to protect the Black Creek Site for future generations.
  • Two Worlds Touch—The connection between environmental degradation and the extinction of indigenous cultures is particularly close in the tropical forests of our world. The northernmost tropical rainforest of North America, in Chiapas, Mexico, is a case in point. In this forest, a few hundred Lacandon Maya face the loss of their lifeway and their storehouse of traditional knowledge in the face of external forces. This dilemma is highlighted in the video.
  • The Human Experience—This audio series consists of two-minute essays designed as radio programs, which share with humanity the wisdom gained through the study of human cultures and behavior around the world. Delivered in plain language, they examine our evolutionary origins and development, the wonderful variety of human cultural practices, and those attributes shared by all people. The first ten programs have been posted on TAC and the remaining 34 programs will be added over the coming weeks. The programs were written by Dr. Robert D. Leonard and Mr. Anton Daughters.
  • Roman Africa: Tunisia—For two centuries Rome struggled with Carthage, finally winning a decisive victory and annexing the Punic territories into the Empire. The Roman province of Africa prospered for five centuries before its decline and downfall. Although not as well documented in ancient literature and not as frequently visited by tourists as many other parts of the Empire, Roman Africa possesses some of the best preserved Roman cities. This video offers a stunning visual tour of five impressive sites: Carthage, Dougga, Sbeitla, Bulla Regia, and El Djem.
  • Calleva: The Roman Town of Silchester—Calleva was built after the First Century Roman invasion of Britain and abandoned forever in the Fifth Century. All that stand now are the impressive stone wall and the amphitheater, but below the ground lies a vast array of clues to the lives of the townspeople and the mystery of the community's sudden demise. This documentary relates how archaeologists today, including field school students, are carefully gathering evidence that one day will tell the full story of Calleva.