The Tower of Sta. Maria on the Archeological Channel

por | May 28, 2019 | English articles, Noticias


The Tower of Sta.Maria, a thousand years of presence

A documentary produced by El Patiaz about the construction of the Tower of Santa Maria was published on the top US website The Archaeology Channel

Last year El Patiaz and the team of The Archaeological Channel were discussing the possibility of showing our video “The Tower of Santa Maria, one thousand years of presence”, which was published not long ago. These talks were held with PhD Richard M. Pettigrew, founder and executive director of ALI and host of the “Strata: Portraits of Humanity” news section on this web.

The Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI) is an Oregon-based independent organization, whose chief project is its Website, “The Archaeological Channel“, which provides information about Anthropology and Archaeology projects around the world.

This video documents the research that led to this surprising conclusion and the re-imagining of Tauste history. Church tower supposedly built with the church in the 13th century, turns out to be the minaret of a former mosque built in the 11th century.

Strata: Portraits of Humanity

“Strata: Portraits of Humanity” is a monthly half-hour news magazine-style show. Each episode is a portrait building on the many layers of the human experience. From that perspective Strata, delivers in- depth coverage of a wide variety of archaeological and cultural heritage topics from around the world.

This episode, streamed in May, is about the construction of the Tower of Santa Maria in Tauste thoroughly studied by a team of architects. Strata is meant to be streamed on the Internet as well as on forty US cable television channels broadcast in 18 American states. The Archaeology Channel is one of the most popular archaeological sites in the world.

According to the statistics provided by the channel, last year, its web traffic reached eight million pageviews, and its prospective audience on cable TV is around 10 million viewers.

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, government agencies and other numerous collaborators.

Back in 2014, this website also published a video about the excavations of the Islamic necropolis in Tauste. We, therefore, take pride in having this grand opportunity to show the results of the work of our Association to the international community.

We are also pleased to have collected and shown in this documentary all details of the research on the construction of the Tower of Santa Maria along with the analysis provided by experts and collaborators who made it possible.

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 or the ruins of Jerash in Jordan in this webpage.

Last but not least, we would like to single out the work conducted by anthropologist, Miriam Pina, also the narrator and presenter of this documentary, who has tirelessly and incessantly consulted us, made translations and done everything she could to make projects like this one successful.

To find out more

Santa Maria Tower. Infographic design


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