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Author: Stacy Keach; Sheila Curran Bernard; Pennsylvania State University.; WQED (Television station : Pittsburgh, Pa.); Cambridge Studios (Blacklick, Ohio)
Publisher: S. Burlington, VT : Annenberg/CPB Collection, [1993], ©1992.
Series: Out of the past, 4.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Symbolic communication is the most important single element of human culture. Writing is an invaluable aid to archaeologists in reconstructing the past. This program demonstrates how archaeologists detect whatever form of communication remains, then interpret symbolic meanings and reconstruct symbolic behavior. Also noted are how symbolic systems change through time, taking on new functions as social contexts  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Stacy Keach; Sheila Curran Bernard; Pennsylvania State University.; WQED (Television station : Pittsburgh, Pa.); Cambridge Studios (Blacklick, Ohio)
ISBN: 1559467576 9781559467575
OCLC Number: 27997359
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Credits: Photographed by Mark Knobil [and others] ; edited by William A. Anderson, Peter Rhodes ; narrated by Stacy Keach ; music by Tom Phillips.
Performer(s): Narrator: Stacy Keach.
Description: 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in. + 1 faculty guide (142 pages ; 28 cm).
Details: VHS.
Contents: Tape 1. New worlds --
Tape 2. The hearth --
Tape 3. Artisans and traders --
Tape 4. Signs and symbols --
Tape 5. Power, prestige and wealth --
Tape 6. Realms --
Tape 7. The spirit world --
Tape 8. Collapse.
Series Title: Out of the past, 4.
Other Titles: Out of the past (Television program : 1993).
Annenberg/CPB collection.
Responsibility: the Pennsylvania State University, WQED Pittsburgh, Cambridge Studios ; written and produced by Sheila Bernard.

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Symbolic communication is the most important single element of human culture. Writing is an invaluable aid to archaeologists in reconstructing the past. This program demonstrates how archaeologists detect whatever form of communication remains, then interpret symbolic meanings and reconstruct symbolic behavior. Also noted are how symbolic systems change through time, taking on new functions as social contexts change. Concentrates on carvings found at Maya sites which enabled epigraphists to decipher hieroglyphs and symbols which describe the history and political structure of the Maya.

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