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Winter 2002 Web Sites of Interest

Web Site Features Great Lakes Shipwrecks
Learn about Wisconsin shipwrecks on a web site sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society (www.wisconsinhistory.org/shipwrecks/). Leave the modern world behind, and visit Wisconsin when schooners and steamers ruled the Great Lakes. By studying shipwrecks, one develops an appreciation for the critical role these vessels played in the development of the region and a respect for the men and women who worked the lakes. There is no other way to get so close to history. The site includes information on underwater archaeology, shipwreck videos, and a kids' corner.

Plymouth Colony Web Site Features Grave Art
The Plymouth Colony Archive web site, which is available at http://etext.virginia.edu/users/deetz/ has been selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities as one of the best resources for humanities studies on the Internet. Recent additions to the web site include materials that can be used in educational exercises, including links to a number of lesson plans; a detailed photographic tour to illustrate Jim Deetz and Edwin Dethlefsen's study of stylistic changes in grave art, entitled Death's Head, Cherub, Urn and Willow; text and photographic illustrations of Deetz's findings of evidence indicating elements of African-American architectural and mortuary traditions at the Parting Ways site in Plymouth County; and an expanded collection of historic-period maps of Plymouth and the New England region.

BLM Web Site Features Cultural and Fossil Resources
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cultural and fossil resources are the latest features on the web site American Frontiers: A Public Lands Journey (www.americanfrontiers.net). The American Frontiers Journey is a trek involving two teams of four individuals who began trekking from the northern and southern boarders of the contiguous 48 states and met in Utah on Public Lands Day at the end of September. The web site is sponsored by the Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA), which manages many visitor center stores for BLM. The page is directly linked to the National Geographic teacher's page, Geography Action (www.nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction/).

Virtual Jamestown Brings Site to Life
Virtual Jamestown is a web site created by Crandall Shifflett, professor of history and director of graduate studies for Virginia Tech's Department of History. It is a digital research, teaching, and learning project that explores the legacies of the Jamestown settlement and "the Virginia experiment." It allows researchers and students to see actual court and other public documents, first-hand accounts of people such as indentured servants, pictures of the stowage of a British slave ship with slaves chained head to toe and side by side, sketches of the wedding of John Rolfe and Pocahontas, histories and a timeline of the events in the New world, and many other documents that give a vivid picture of life in Colonial Jamestown. As a work in progress, Virtual Jamestown aims to shape the national dialogue during the 400-year anniversary observance in 2007 of the founding of the Jamestown colony.

Virtual Jamestown has previously received a $205,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and was selected as a top humanities site for inclusion in the NEH EDSITEment Project featuring "the best of the humanities on the web." It can be seen at http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/vcdh/jamestown/.

Passport In Time Featured on Web Site
Passport In Time, a volunteer archeology program sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, provides opportunities for the public to participate in archaeology and help preserve our national heritage. For details on the Passport In Time program, visit the web site at www.passportintime.com/. New listings are posted each March and September.

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:

  • Jordan: A Historical Review—Traces of the ancient human past are remarkably well preserved in the country of Jordan, which lies at the crossroads of humanity. Its historical sites tell the story of a unique cultural past reflecting connections to Asian, African and European traditions. Located in the cradle of Old World civilization, that country and its many ancient cities and monuments illustrate the deep roots of the modern world.

  • The River Has Many Stories—The traditions of indigenous peoples connect them intimately to the landscape. Exemplifying this fact, Native American people of northwestern North America hold fast to their cultural legacy and their deep respect for the land that has given them life for countless generations. For thousands of years, Native American people used Hells Canyon and the Snake River as a trading route, a place for hunting, fishing and gathering. The interviews with tribal elders, scenic footage, images of rock art, and a Native American musical score, this video conveys the value of cultural sites in Hells Canyon from the Native American perspective.

  • Silbury Hill—One of the world's most impressive and enduring ancient monuments lies not in Egypt, China, Mexico, or Peru, but in England. This student-produced video poses gnawing questions about this huge and enigmatic Neolithic mound constructed of chalk. Standing an impressive 40 meters high and 30 meters across its flat top, Silbury Hill is the largest artificial mound in Europe. Though built by Stone Age people around 4,500 years ago, it still dominates the landscape. It contains a quarter of a million cubic meters of chalk, the equivalent of 35 million basket loads, all carried by hand. Archaeologists are still trying to uncover its secrets after 200 years of research and speculation.

  • Tonto—This video depicts the sometimes harsh environment of Arizona's Tonto Basin, where the prehistoric Salado built irrigation canals and made the desert bloom. Hundreds of years ago, pueblos lined the Salt River and its tributaries. The Salado trade network extended for many hundreds of miles and included live macaws from Central America. Finely woven cotton textiles and beautifully crafted polychrome pottery marked their culture. The Salado seldom built in the cliffs, so there is no place quite like the cliff dwellings at Tonto National Monument, featured in this video. With the multicast showing of Tonto, The Archaeology Channel is exploring the limits of the Internet as a broadcast medium. This video, presented in cooperation with the North Dakota State University Archaeology Technologies Lab, is now available for viewing to those on multicast-enabled networks. This 30-min. video is shown three times each day, a guide to local viewing times is available on the TAC Tonto videopage.