Archaeological Legacy Institute by US Archaeology Channel
Video coverage of the excavations at the Islamic necropolis in Tauste to be broadcast by 25 cable television channels in 16 US states
Promotion work and information campaigns carried out by the el Patiaz Cultural Association are already bearing fruit and more and more people learn about the excavations of the Islamic necropolis in Tauste.
The documentary about the IV phase of the excavations at the Islamic necropolis in Tauste along with the one made by the Biscayne National Park in Florida has been recognized as the “video of the month” by a prestigious international website The Archaeology Channel.
Last year, while phase IV of the excavations at the Tauste burial site (maqbara) took place, it appeared in numerous news items featured in the press, radio and television, on the regional and national levels. This year, the information about these works continues appearing, only this time, on academic and specialized platforms, such as Spanish and international archaeology and anthropology websites (Arqueología Mediaeval.com, Egipto Anitguo.org, etc.)
During their recent trip to Iran, members of the Association had the chance to conduct a workshop on Zagri-style architecture with professors of the School of Architecture of the University of Teheran. They also made contacts and agreed to cooperate on various research projects, such as DNA, paleo diet and carbon-14 analysis of the exhumed remains of the necropolis in Tauste.
Another thing we could do was get in touch with the Archaeological Legacy Institute,, an independent organization with headquarters in Oregon (USA). It is known for its support of culture and humanities. “The Archaeology Channel” is one of the main projects of this Institute. Ever since 2000, it provides information about anthropological and archaeological projects around the world.
The mission of the Archaeological Legacy Institute is to develop ways to make archaeology more effective both in gathering important information about past human lifeways and in delivering that information to the public and the profession. A fundamental postulate of this Institution is that archaeology has important messages to deliver accurately and completely to the people worldwide about our origins and development as a species.
The Archaeology Channel is one of the most popular archaeology websites in the world. According to the statistics provided by the channel, its traffic is over 5,000 pageviews a day. Last year it reached 8 million pageviews. The club of the Archaeological Legacy Institute features a wide range of members, among them professional archaeological organizations in various US states, natural resource management companies, vocational associations, governmental agencies, and other numerous collaborators.
One of the sections on the Archaeological Channel webpage, called “Video News from TAC”, posts a monthly selection of videos about all sorts of archaeological stories from around the world. The videos are then analysed and compared taking into consideration the quality and subject standards established by the Institution. Once the previous selection is made, the jury picks the winner whose video is subsequently published on the web and thus promoted in the rest of the world. “Video News from TAC” is meant to be streamed on the Internet and broadcast on cable television. It is currently broadcast on 25 cable TV channels in 16 US states. Their estimated audience is around 10 million viewers.
The presenter of “Video News from TAC”, Richard M. Pettigrew, is the founder and executive director of the Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI). He is also a renowned and experienced archaeologist, author of numerous archaeological research on the Pacific North West.
He published many technical papers, taught courses at the university and took part in conferences and congresses. He is also a peer reviewer for several professional journals and a member of the National Science Foundation (USA).
When we emailed him to clarify the requirements for the videos to be published on the website, Richard M. Pettigrew wanted to know more about the features and characteristics of the necropolis excavations in Tauste.
We take particular pride in this fact because it allowed us to make the results of our work internationally known. At the same time, we managed to collect and show in this documentary the entire working process along with the explanations of experts and collaborators. As of today, the names of Tauste and Aragon will appear alongside such archaeological gems as Cappadocia in Turkey, temples and monuments in the tropical jungle of Cambodia, the ruins of Jerash in Jordan, or the discovery of 10,000-year-old human remains in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
Last but not least, we would like to single out the work conducted by anthropologist, Miriam Pina, who has tirelessly and incessantly consulted us, made translations and has done everything she could to make all the reports, requests and application forms reach their destination.
Acknowledgement: Miriam Pina, Francisco Javier Gutiérrez, Silvia Guajardo, Nieves Moreno