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    The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial and the Origins of the English Speaking Peoples

    The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial and the Origins of the English Speaking Peoples

    Dr. Hodges will examine the extraordinary objects found in these excavations which reveal a story of how the English peoples began to have a new identity as well as new ambitions.

    A part of the 2010 "Great Discoveries Lecture Series" held at the Penn Museum.

    • 54 Min.
    • video
    King Arthur, Camelot and the Quest for a Holy Grail

    King Arthur, Camelot and the Quest for a Holy Grail

    For centuries, the legend of King Arthur, Camelot and the quest for the Holy Grail has captivated the world. Was there really a Holy Grail, and how did it find its way to Britain and the Arthurian legend? Were Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table real historical figures? What does the archaeology of this era tell us?

    A lecture by Dr. Richard Hodges, the Williams Director of the Penn Museum and a noted Medievalist.

    • 1 Std. 16 Min.
    • video
    Merlin's Magic Circles: Stonehenge and the use of the Preseli Bluestones (Part One)

    Merlin's Magic Circles: Stonehenge and the use of the Preseli Bluestones (Part One)

    Stonehenge in central southern England is known the world over as an iconic symbol of Europe’s prehistoric past. In this lecture Professor Timothy Darvill of Bournemouth University, UK, will show that while Stonehenge’s origins as a ceremonial monument were conventional enough its later history was exceptional. Key to the transformation was the arrival of about 80 pillars of Bluestone rock brought a distance of around 250km from the Preseli Hills of southwest Wales to Salisbury Plain. But why were these stones important? And what did they mean to Neolithic people? Using archaeological evidence from Stonehenge itself and from recent work in the Preseli Hills, and folklore and oral tradition dating back to the 13th century AD, a new picture of Stonehenge is emerging in which the stones themselves can be seen to have perceived magical properties connected with healing. Their re-use in later and ever more elaborate structures at Stonehenge show something of their power and significance and illustrate how the landscape of the Preseli Hills is constructed in microcosm at Stonehenge. People were attracted to the area from continental Europe, and what started out as a local focus became a celebrated place for prehistoric pilgrimage.

    • 1 Std.
    • video
    Merlin's Magic Circles: Stonehenge and the use of the Preseli Bluestones (Part Two)

    Merlin's Magic Circles: Stonehenge and the use of the Preseli Bluestones (Part Two)

    Stonehenge in central southern England is known the world over as an iconic symbol of Europe’s prehistoric past. In this lecture Professor Timothy Darvill of Bournemouth University, UK, will show that while Stonehenge’s origins as a ceremonial monument were conventional enough its later history was exceptional. Key to the transformation was the arrival of about 80 pillars of Bluestone rock brought a distance of around 250km from the Preseli Hills of southwest Wales to Salisbury Plain. But why were these stones important? And what did they mean to Neolithic people? Using archaeological evidence from Stonehenge itself and from recent work in the Preseli Hills, and folklore and oral tradition dating back to the 13th century AD, a new picture of Stonehenge is emerging in which the stones themselves can be seen to have perceived magical properties connected with healing. Their re-use in later and ever more elaborate structures at Stonehenge show something of their power and significance and illustrate how the landscape of the Preseli Hills is constructed in microcosm at Stonehenge. People were attracted to the area from continental Europe, and what started out as a local focus became a celebrated place for prehistoric pilgrimage.

    • 27 Min.
    • video
    Noah's Ark

    Noah's Ark

    Noah's Ark One of the bestknown Bible stories is that of Noah's ark and the world-engulfing flood. Dr. Fredrik Hiebert, National Geographic Explorer, was part of a team that discovered evidence of man-made structures 300 feet below the surface of the Black Sea, adding credence to theories that this was the location of the flood that inspired the biblical and Babylonian stories. Dr. Hiebert discusses his discoveries and other evidence helping to shed light on the mystery of Noah's ark.

    • 57 Min.
    • video
    Ötzi the Iceman: The Puzzle of a 5,300 Year-Old Alpine Mummy

    Ötzi the Iceman: The Puzzle of a 5,300 Year-Old Alpine Mummy

    Great Riddles in Archaeology Lecture Series
    Ötzi the Iceman: The Puzzle of a 5,300 Year-Old Alpine Mummy

    In 1991, two German tourists discovered a frozen body emerging from the melting ice of a glacier in the Alps along the Italian-Austrian border. Although it was initially believed to be a modern corpse, it quickly became apparent that the body was quite ancient, mummified naturally in the frozen environment. The discovery set off a frenzy of examinations and testing, as well as a series of disputes about the discovery and ownership of the mummy, and even claims of a "mummy's curse." Nicknamed "Ötzi" after the Ötz Valley in which he was found, the male mummy has been dated to approximately 5,300 years ago. Dr. Thomas Tartaron, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania, recounts the story of Ötzi's discovery and subsequent investigation, separating fact from fiction.

    • 1 Std. 4 Min.

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