EDUCATION: Roaming Ruins

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Science  18 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5554, pp. 411
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5554.411d

The Archaeology Channel isn't the latest cable TV offering but a year-old Web site with a library of 25 educational films, available as streaming video. The growing site is sponsored by the Archaeological Legacy Institute, a Eugene, Oregon- based educational organization.

Up to a half-hour long, the movies are the kind of earnest documentaries you might see at a visitor center or museum, and they explore remarkable sites the world over. You can explore the unsolved mysteries of Machu Picchu: Was this Inca bastion high in the Andes a fortress, a ceremonial site, or both, and why did the Spanish Conquistadors never find it? Other films nose around the dusty cliff houses of Mesa Verde in Colorado and follow efforts to preserve Crump's Cave in Kentucky, where Native Americans carved exquisite glyphs into the mud floor. You'll also find related links, audio of archaeology news, and interviews with experts.

Expect to see and hear more from the channel in the future, says institute director Richard Pettigrew, including an audio collection of some of the world's disappearing languages.

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