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Discovering ancient cultures

Author: Paula S ApsellStacy KeachMichael BarnesMark LehnerRoger HopkinsAll authors
Publisher: Boston, MA : WGBH Boston Video, ©1996.
Series: NOVA classroom field trips.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
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A video set consisting of programs originally broadcast on NOVA between 1993 and 1996. The films provide new clues about some of the world's most interesting ancient cultures. In the first program, Egyptologist Mark Lehner reveals construction secrets of the ancient pyramids by actually building a small pyramid. Joining forces with Roger Hopkins (of TV's This old house), Lehner tests clever and sometimes bizarre  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Paula S Apsell; Stacy Keach; Michael Barnes; Mark Lehner; Roger Hopkins; Thomas Friedman; T W Timreck; Jacques Lizot; Melanie Wallace, (Producer); Chris Curling; Andy Jillings; Joe Morton; WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.). Science Unit.; CSL Films (Firm); WGBH Video (Firm)
ISBN: 0963688197 9780963688194 1884738850 9781884738852 1578070082 9781578070084
OCLC Number: 38561613
Notes: Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Set of three NOVA programs.
Title from container.
Programs 1-2 produced by the WGBH Science Unit. Program 3 produced by CSF Films for WGBH in association with Channel 4.
Tape for pgm. 2 in generic publisher's container.
In container, 23 x 34 x 4 cm.
Teacher's guide includes viewing goals for each program, as well as background information, discussion questions, vocabulary, and suggested activities. Guide also covers three other programs: Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls; Secret scrolls; and The mystery of the master builders.
"2309" (tape 3); "WG092" (set).
Credits: Executive producer, Paula S. Apsell. Program 1: written, produced, and directed by Michael Barnes. Program 2: produced by Thomas Friedman, T.W. Timreck ; directed by T.W. Timreck ; written by Thomas Friedman. Program 3: producers, Chris Curling, Melanie Wallace ; director and photography, Andy Jillings ; narration written by Melanie Wallace.
Performer(s): Program 1: narrated by Stacy Keach ; featuring Mark Lehner, Roger Hopkins. Program 2: narrated by Stacy Keach ; voice : Robert J. Lurtsema. Program 3: narrated by Joe Morton ; featuring Jacques Lizot.
Description: 3 videocassettes (ca. 210 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in. + 1 teacher's guide (12 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.)
Details: VHS format.
Contents: [pgm. 1] This old pyramid (90:00) --
[pgm. 2] Vikings in America (60:00) --
[pgm. 3] Warriors of the Amazon (60:00).
Series Title: NOVA classroom field trips.
Other Titles: This old pyramid.
Vikings in America.
Warriors of the Amazon.
Nova (Television program)
Responsibility: WGBH/Boston.

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A video set consisting of programs originally broadcast on NOVA between 1993 and 1996. The films provide new clues about some of the world's most interesting ancient cultures. In the first program, Egyptologist Mark Lehner reveals construction secrets of the ancient pyramids by actually building a small pyramid. Joining forces with Roger Hopkins (of TV's This old house), Lehner tests clever and sometimes bizarre pyramid construction theories. The second program investigates the myths and facts about the Vikings' historic exploration of North America. The third program provides a glimpse of life among the Yanomami in a remote part of the Amazon rain forest. This endangered tribe's culture is built on fierce rivalries and communal harmony. The program documents two villages attempting to reconcile past differences by sharing in a great feast. It looks at family drama within the villages, and it features shamans using hallucinogens as they commune with the spirit world, practice magic to combat modern disease, and oversee rituals for the dead.

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