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Saturday, March 18, 10:00 am - 11:30 am  

Square Holes: Kolb Archaeological and Education Project (NC - USA) 55 minutes


The Great Pee Dee River has served as a major trade and transportation route for thousands of years. Sitting above what was once the River's main channel the Kolb Site is rich in artifacts from yesterday to 13,000 years ago. For 2 weeks each year a group of dedicated career and volunteer archaeologist descend upon this ancient sand dune to unlock its secrets and journey through the past. Living in a donated hunting lodge and a converted silo for the duration of the dig it is an annual homecoming. An opportunity to renew old friendships, some have been returning to this remote part of South Carolina since the beginning, and once again share the joy and labor of discovery. The public is also invited to come and explore. Join the archaeological team as they reveal the past layer by layer. 2015 winner of the Founders Award for Public Archaeology, Best Archaeology Film Honorable Mention, and Audience Favorite at the Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival, Hilton Head, SC.

Saturday, March 18, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

 

Naachtun; The Forgotten Mayan City (France) 90 minutes
Naachtun is the last city of the Maya golden age. We know little about it and archaeologists have started excavation just a few years ago. Isolated in the middle of the tropical forest of Guatemala, the researchers are trying to understand how it can have survived for almost 200 years after the collapse of the Mayan civilization in surrounding cities, and in doing so, to shed new light on the history of this people. Using ambitious resources, including 4K HD cameras, drones, and cutting-edge graphics, the result is an exciting adventure combined with an in-depth scientific study. This documentary presents the account of an epic saga.



 
Saturday, March 18, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

FOUR Archaeology Shorts
 
The X-ray Time Machine (USA) 26 minutes
The Antikythera Mechanism is one of the most extraordinary discoveries from the ancient Greek world: a 2000-year-old astronomical calculating machine of great complexity. It is now split into many corroded bronze fragments. Despite more than a hundred years of research since its discovery in 1901 by Greek sponge divers, many of its deepest secrets remained hidden—until they were uncovered by a brilliant team of X-ray engineers, combined with a new team of research scientists. Now, for the first time, we can delve deeper into the meaning and function of this extraordinary artifact and start to understand what it really is. 2016 winner of the Best Short Film, Best Presentation of a New Scientific Technique, and Best Use of Music, The Archaeology Film Festival, Oregon,

The Lady in Lead (UK) 11 minutes

Metal detectorists discover a lead coffin in a field near Ilchester in Somerset, England. The local Police call in the archaeologists from the South West Heritage Trust. It is decided to lift the coffin and investigate it back at SWHT’s laboratory. The film follows the opening and excavation of the coffin and the discovery of a young woman’s skeleton



Landscapes of Power (UK) 34 minutes

If you look at any part of the British landscape and dig down, studying it in detail, you’ll find that people have lived in that landscape for tens of thousand of years.  Landscapes of Power is about the archaeological excavations carried out in advance of the development of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in West Somerset, England.  It captures the whole story of the archaeology of the area, from prehistoric settlement remains and evidence of Iron Age and Roman farming practices to the discovery of an important Dark Age cemetery.

Standing With Stones: The West Country & Dartmoor (UK) 21 minutes

If you've ever dreamed of travelling through Great Britain & Ireland, visiting the fantastic monuments that our ancient ancestors left us, then you will love this film. Over two years in the making, Standing with Stones was made by just two men with great film making skills, a camper van and a passion for the monuments in stone left to us by Neolithic and Bronze Age ancestors.

The result is a remarkable feature length documentary film that take the viewer on a journey of discovery, uncovering the true extent and variety of megalithic Britain and Ireland. In this episode, The Ballowall Barrow, The Merry Maidens, Tregeseal, Nine Maidens, Boskawen Un, Pendeen Vau Fogou, Chun Quiot, Lanyon Quiot, Men-an-Tol, Rocky Valley, Rough Tor, The Hurlers, Duloe, Trevethy Quoit, Merrivale, Drizzlecombe, Yellowmead, Greywethers, Assycombe, Kraps Ring, Fernworthy, Froggymeade.



 

 
Sunday, March 19, 10:00 pm - 11:30 am  

Helluva Way To Treat A Soldier (BLM – USA) 59 minutes
 A century after his death, the remains of Private Thomas Smith, a 19th century “"buffalo soldier” were stolen from a remote frontier cemetery in New Mexico. Making matters worse, the perpetrator then kept the soldier’s bones in his home for thirty years. When he died at Fort Craig in 1865, Private Smith was buried with military honors. How he wound up as a macabre trophy in someone’s personal artifact collection is a focus of the documentary film “Helluva Way to Treat a Soldier.” While investigating the Fort Craig case in 2005, federal authorities soon realized they were on the trail of one of America’s most prolific looters. It was a case that ultimately emphasized the need for a shift in public attitudes regarding our nation’s historic and archaeological treasures. This documentary, which was filmed as the Fort Craig investigation unfolded, takes the viewer on a bizarre yet informative journey. The film also chronicles federal efforts to address the desecration of fallen soldiers regardless of their rank, color, or the time that has elapsed since their service. Winner at the Military Network Film Festival, Best Documentary and also Best Public Relations / Educational Program at the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards. 

Sunday, March 19, 12:00 pm - 1:30 am

 

Saving Mes Aynak (USA / Afghanistan) 58 minutes


Saving Mes Aynak follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. Only 10% of Mes Aynak has been excavated, though, and some believe future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and the history of Buddhism itself. Qadir Temori and his fellow Afghan archaeologists face what seems an impossible battle against the Chinese, the Taliban and local politics to save their cultural heritage from likely erasure. Silver Plaque 2016 Chicago International Film Festival, Grand Prize and Audience Favorite Film Award 2015 Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival, Best Documentary 2015 CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival, Best Film and Best Public Education Value 2015 The Archaeology Film & Video Festival, Best Documentary 2015 CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival, Abu Rayhan Biruni Award,2015 Ahvaz International Science Film Festival.


Sunday, March 19, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
First Footprints - Super Nomads: 50,000 To 30,000 Years Ago (Australia) 53 minutes
The film tells how the Aboriginal people became the oldest living culture in the world. Across Australia are over 10 million prehistoric paintings, engravings and archaeological sites. The continent is one giant canvass telling an epic story of endurance in the face of terrifying megafauna, catastrophic droughts, rising sea levels, and massive climate shifts that caused both conflict and phenomenal cultural output over tens of thousands of years. For the first time new archaeological discoveries, stunning rock art and a wealth of never-before-seen archival footage and cinema-quality CGI reveal the epic story of 50,000 years of life in Australia. This is part one of a four-part series produced by the Australian Broadcasting Company.