is year’s Festival features a VVAC Exclusive! Archaeologist Ben Robinson flies over ancient sites in the UK to reveal new evidence of civilizations revealed by aerial surveys. These four 30-minute episodes have never been seen in the United States. These films will be presented with two American short subject films
The films will be shown in the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, 280 Camp Lincoln Rd, Camp Verde (formerly the Camp Verde Multi-Use Center Auditorium).
Admission for each evening is $10 ($8.50 members).
Tickets can be purchased online and will also be available at the door.
Friday, March 28, 7:00 pm A Cultural Crossroads: Discovering the Baca Mountain Tract
This is the official Arizona debut of a cultural resources short subject film made by the Rio Grande National Forest (just north of the border). The film highlights a gem on the Rio Grande National Forest that is rich in archaeology.
The Thames' Secret War
Hadrian's Wall: Life on the Frontier
The Thames is a surprisingly rich source for aerial archaeologists especially the Hoo Peninsula. The Hoo Peninsula became an important line of defense and a testing ground for experimental military endeavpr during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its remoteness and wide open spaces made it a good choice for the highly dangerous business of manufacturing the explosives that kept the Royal Navy fighting. It may come as a surprise to many that archaeological effort is being invested in recording and protecting the most significant examples of the remains of the fairly recent military past. However, natural erosion and development are threatening the heritage of the Hoo Peninsula. It is this heritage that connects us to the history of some of the darkest hours and most momentous chapters in the nation’s history. Archaeologist Ben Robinson flies over the Thames to uncover new discoveries about World War 1. A whole network of trenches has been discovered. Invisible from the ground, they were recently found from aerial images of the area next to the former Chattenden Barracks.
Archaeologist Ben Robinson flies over Hadrian's Wall to reveal a new view of its history. The first full aerial survey of Hadrian's Wall has helped uncover new evidence about the people who once lived there. Carried out over the last few years by English Heritage, it is allowing archaeologists to reinterpret the wall. Across the whole landscape hundreds of sites of human occupation have been discovered, showing that people were living here in considerable numbers. Their discoveries are suggesting that far from being a barren military landscape, the whole area was richly populated before during and after the wall was built. There is also exciting new evidence that the Romans were here earlier than previously thought.
Saturday, March 29, 7:00 pmTouchstone: The Rock Art of the Coa Valley
This documentary is about the Paleolithic figures discovered along ten miles of the Coa riverbeds in Portugal. Since its discovery in 1995, the site has been considered the most important archeological complex of outdoor engraved Paleolithic rock art in the world. These animal and human figures represent some of the earliest known attempts by humankind to record and express ideas.
rchaeologist Ben Robinson flies over the Broads where aerial photos have discovered a staggering 945 previously unknown ancient sites. Many are making historians rethink the history of the area. The fate of the Roman town of Caistor St Edmund has puzzled archaeologists for decades. It's long been a mystery why the centre never became a modern town. Now archaeologists have discovered a key piece of evidence. And near Ormseby the first proof of Bronze Age settlement in the east of England has been revealed.
Stonehenge: The Missing Link
Archaeologist Ben Robinson flies over Wiltshire to uncover new discoveries in the stoneage landscape. Sites found from the air have led to exciting new evidence about Stonehenge. The discoveries help to explain why the monument is where it is, and reveal how long ago it was occupied by people.