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Some time ago the use of the html target tag was disabled by Blogger, so I can no longer reference individual items on this page with a URL. This is extremely annoying, and I don't know why it was done. I used to tweet these items irregularly, but now I will have to find another way.

Thomas Yaeger, September 28, 2016

After a year, I did a complete review of this page on March 17 2016, with the intention of removing items which are no longer available. All of the items which had disappeared were formerly available from Youtube - some uploaded with the copyright holders permission for a short period of time as a promotion, and the others without any obvious permission from the copyright holders. Trying to use Youtube as an archival resource is a bit of a joke, and I will no longer list any items available via Youtube unless the items which are present have some kind of institutional authorisation to be there, such as being included by a university channel. 

This will reduce the number of items here which are referenced at Youtube, and increase the number of items which originate directly from other institutional sources, such as research institution and university websites and web archives, the Internet Archive, and the BBC Archive. 

Items which have disappeared have been removed from this list. Any other items which cease to be available will be removed, irrespective of the original source. No items which are obviously promotional will be included. 

Thomas Yaeger, March 17, 2016

New additions (January 2017)

The War on Consciousness - TED Talk by Graham Hancock in 2013 in London (Whitechapel).

The Science Delusion TED Talk by Rupert Sheldrake in 2013 in London.

Britain


Rewriting Stonehenge's history (UCL)


Professor Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Archaeology) re-evaluates the timeline of Stonehenge's construction and sheds light on how it was used. The first Stonehenge began life as a cemetery with the original stone circle built 500 years before the version that we know today.


Chronicle | Cracking the Stone Age Code

CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 31 October 1970
DURATION | 47 minutes 52 seconds

Professor Alexander Thom puts forward his theory that Stonehenge and other megalithic sites were used to record time and predict solar and lunar eclipses. Magnus Magnusson looks at Thom's evidence and hears what different archaeologists think of the suggestion that Stone Age Britons could make such elaborate calculations. If Thom's theory is correct, previous archaeological certainties about the knowledge and ability of people in the Stone Age would be overturned.

Alexander Thom's book 'Megalithic Sites in Britain', published in 1967, caused huge controversy within academic archaeology. Thom's premise that Stone Age culture used complex mathematics and applied this to constructing monuments undermined the progressional idea of culture as continually advancing from savagery to civilisation. Glyn Daniel commissioned the eminent astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle to consider Thom's evidence for 'Archaeology' magazine. Hoyle found that Thom's theories were essentially accurate.

Black Athena

Black Athena documentary from 1991. Another copy
Discussion programme with Martin Bernal from 1987
Black Athena debate from 1996

Ancient Africa – A History Denied (Time-Life’s Lost Civilizations series). Narrated by Sam Waterston.


Egypt

Egypt’s Lost City (BBC Ancient Voices series). Documentary on the city of Akhetaten, built for Pharaoh Akhenaten.


Egypt's Lost Queens BBC

"Professor Joann Fletcher explores what it was like to be a woman of power in ancient Egypt. Through a wealth of spectacular buildings, personal artefacts and amazing tombs, Joann brings to life four of ancient Egypt's most powerful female rulers and discovers the remarkable influence wielded by women, whose power and freedom was unique in the ancient world.
Throughout Egypt's history, women held the title of pharaoh no fewer than 15 times, and many other women played key roles in running the state and shaping every aspect of life. Joann Fletcher puts these influential women back at the heart of our understanding, revealing the other half of ancient Egypt."

Athens

The Topography of Ottoman Athens Archaeology and Travel - Symposium
A two-day symposium (April 23-24,2015) Featuring twelve lectures that explore the topography of Ottoman Athens in conjunction with the exhibition "Ottoman Athens, 1458-1833". Organised by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Secrets of the Aegean: Apocalypse. BBC Documentary on the Late Bronze Age Collapse of civilization. The Influence of Climatic Change on the Late Bronze Age Collapse and the subsequent  Dark Ages recorded by Homer.

Mesopotamia


Two History Channel Documentaries: The Military History of Ancient Assyria, and The Military History of Ancient Macedonia. The documentary on Assyria makes good use of the Assyrian Palace reliefs. By the eighth century BC, the Assyrians had created the largest empire to date - stretching from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean, and encompassing the whole of the Middle East.
Philip of Macedonia transformed a largely peasant society into one of the most effective and successful armies of antiquity.

Ancient Assyrians starts at 00:10 Assyria was a major Semitic kingdom or empire of the Ancient Near East, existing in various forms during a period of approximately nineteen centuries from circa 2500 BC to 605 BC, spanning the Early Bronze Age through to the late Iron Age.

Ancient Macedonians starts at 23:38 The Macedonians were an ancient tribe from the northeastern part of the Greek peninsula, in the alluvial plain around the rivers Haliacmon and lower Axios.

The Collapse of the Assyrian Empire and the Evidence of Dur-Katlimmu
Hartmut Kühne, University Professor at the Institut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie, presents "The Collapse of the Assyrian Empire and the Evidence of Dur-Katlimmu" at the University of Chicago.

Israel, Aram and Assyria: Between Bible and Archaeology [The Fifteenth World Congress Of Jewish Studies Jerusalem, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,  3.8.2009] Chairperson: Mordechai Cogan
Tallay Ornan (E) Northern Inspiration: Aramean and Neo-Hittite Finds in Ninth/Eighth Century BCE Israel Aren Maeir (E) Hazael in Southern Israel: The Campaign to Philistia and the Conquest of Philistine Gath Amihai Mazar (E) Israel, the Arameans and Assyria: A View from Tel Beth-Shean and Tel Rehov Doron Ben Ami and Nili Wazana (E) Enemy at the Gates: The Phenomenon of Fortifications in Israel and Judea Re-examined

Christianity and Judaism

The Gospel of Thomas -Yale Courses. Introduction to New Testament (RLST 152)

This lecture is pure gold. The lecturer is Dale B. Martin.

"We have known of the existence of the Gospel of Thomas from ancient writers, but it was only after the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Codices that the actual text became available. The Gospel of Thomas is basically a collection of sayings, or logia, that sometimes seem similar, perhaps more primitive than sayings found in the canonical Gospels. Sometimes, however, the sayings seem better explained as reflecting a "Gnostic" understanding of the world. This involves a rejection of the material world and a desire for gnosis, a secret knowledge, in order to escape the world and return to the divine being." The lecture is in three parts -

00:00 - Chapter 1. The Nag Hammadi Codices and Thomasine Literature
10:35 - Chapter 2. The Sayings of the Gospel of Thomas
28:15 - Chapter 3. Proto-orthodoxy and "Gnosticism"

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses. This course was recorded in Spring 2009.

Is Jesus a Prophet or is He also God?

"Anjem Choudary vs Sam Shamoun" 2hrs 54 minutes. May 2015.

Trinity channel debate between Anjem Choudary, who is both a British apologist for the Islamic State and a terminal narcissist, and Sam Shamoun. Choudary is now in a British jail (2016).

Shamoun is a theologian; Choudary isn't. So the outcome was inevitable. In speaking of Islam, it is interesting that Choudary speaks of it first as an ideology, then as a religion. He does this more than once. This reflects something of the original nature of Islam, as well as the nature of the Islamic state, which Choudary, as a salafist, sees as a rebirth of true Islam.

Halfway through, Choudary takes refuge not in the evidence of the Quran (used effectively by Shamoun against him), but in Aristotelian logic, by suggesting that if God is One, Jesus is not divine, because that would make God more than one. So he has no grasp of theology at all; Jewish, Christian or Islamic. Like the Islamic State, he is an opportunist, And he has been found out.

Some aspects of the historical dispute over the divinity or otherwise of Jesus are easier to understand after the discussion of both Greek and Assyrian theological ideas in the middle of the 1st millennium B.C.E in The Sacred History of Being (published as an eBook, November 2, 2015. Available via Itunes, Barnes & Noble, Blio, Kobo, etc).

Islam

Bitter Lake (a film by Adam Curtis, available on the BBC iPlayer in the UK. Elsewhere too, if you have VPN).

The BBC's description of this interesting film (almost everything by Adam Curtis is worth watching) is as follows:

Politicians used to have the confidence to tell us stories that made sense of the chaos of world events. But now there are no big stories and politicians react randomly to every new crisis - leaving us bewildered and disorientated. Bitter Lake is a new, adventurous and epic film by Adam Curtis that explains why the big stories that politicians tell us have become so simplified that we can’t really see the world any longer. The narrative goes all over the world, America, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia - but the country at the heart of it is Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is the place that has confronted our politicians with the terrible truth - that they cannot understand what is going on any longer.The film reveals the forces that over the past thirty years rose up and undermined the confidence of politics to understand the world. And it shows the strange, dark role that Saudi Arabia has played in this.
But Bitter Lake is also experimental. Curtis has taken the unedited rushes of everything that the BBC has ever shot in Afghanistan - and used them in new and radical ways.
He has tried to build a different and more emotional way of depicting what really happened in Afghanistan. A counterpoint to the thin, narrow and increasingly destructive stories told by those in power today.

Unlike most modern film-makers Curtis is prepared to take his time unfolding his argument, often involving unexpected and multi-layered narrative. Who would have thought Tarkovski's Solaris would be referenced in connection with the Russian experience of Afghanistan?

The film is 138 minutes long, but it is comfortable to watch in two halves. As always, his use of music and sound is excellent. Recommended.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and its Role in Enforcing Islamic Law

This brief was written and delivered by Maj. Stephen Coughlin Published on 13 Jul 2012.

Philosophy

Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.

Alan Watts -The Architecture Of Insecurity (Lecture, n.d. or location, 58m)
Alan Watts - The World In Flux (Lecture, n.d. or location. 87m)
Alan Watts - Reality & Illusion... (Lecture, n.d. or location. 153m)

George Berkeley

Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous

The philosopher George Berkeley in nine minutes. Based on Berkeley's "Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous." Philonous explains to Hylas why matter doesn't exist. Hylas becomes a skeptic and then an immaterialist.


BBC Chronicle series


CHRONICLE
Roman Goose March
BROADCAST 1966
10 MINUTES
A waddle along the Ridgeway discovers how much ground a goose can cover.

CHRONICLE
The Fall of Constantinople
BROADCAST 1967
33 MINUTES
John Julius Norwich brings the Byzantine Empire alive for a fleeting moment in Istanbul.

CHRONICLE
Silbury Dig: The Heart of the Mound
BROADCAST 1968
39 MINUTES
Television and archaeology unite to discover Bronze Age Britain.

CHRONICLE
The Lost World of the Maya
BROADCAST 1972
60 MINUTES
Journey into the heart of the rainforest in search of Mayan civilisation and mythology.

CHRONICLE
The Key to the Land of Silence
BROADCAST 1977
50 MINUTES
How the Rosetta Stone translated ancient Egypt to the modern world.

CHRONICLE
Tomb of the Lost King
BROADCAST 1979
48 MINUTES
Spectacular archaeological discoveries of ancient tombs in northern Greece.

CHRONICLE
Lost Kings of the Desert
BROADCAST 1979
49 MINUTES
An exploration of a lost city in the middle of the desert in Iraq.

CHRONICLE
Lost City of the Incas
BROADCAST 1984
59 MINUTES
Special 'Chronicle' expedition across the Andes and into the Peruvian jungle.

CHRONICLE
Sutton Hoo
BROADCAST 1989
48 MINUTES
Excavations at Sutton Hoo cast new light on Anglo-Saxon culture.

CHRONICLE
The Last Days of Minos
BROADCAST 1967
49 MINUTES
Myth and history merge in this account of archaeological discovery on Crete and Santorini.

CHRONICLE
Aphrodite's Other Island
BROADCAST 1978
49 MINUTES
Follow the results of an excavation at the Bronze Age site of Phylakopi.

CHRONICLE
Digging for Slaves
BROADCAST 1989
49 MINUTES
Archaeology unearths the past histories of African slaves in America.

CHRONICLE
Cracking the Stone Age Code
BROADCAST 1970
48 MINUTES
What was Stonehenge for? One man thinks he knows.

CHRONICLE
The Great Iron Ship
BROADCAST 1970
50 MINUTES
Brunel's huge iron ship, SS Great Britain, returns to Bristol.



Archaeology at the BBC

ARCHIVE
Armchair Voyage: Hellenic Cruise
1. Venice to Mycenae
Sir Mortimer Wheeler sails the Mediterranean. (1958)
BBC
First shown: 21 Jul 1958
Available for over a year Duration 27 mins


ARCHIVE
Armchair Voyage: Hellenic Cruise
2. Istanbul and the Islands
Sir Mortimer Wheeler and the Hellenic scholars visit the Aegean Islands of Lesbos. (1958)
BBC
First shown: 28 Jul 1958
Available for over a year Duration 30 mins


ARCHIVE
Armchair Voyage: Hellenic Cruise
3. Delos to Athens
Sir Mortimer Wheeler and the Hellenic Travellers’ Club crew visit Delos and Athens. (1958)
BBC
First shown: 4 Aug 1958
Available for over a year Duration 28 mins



ARCHIVE
Buried Treasure
The Peat Bog Murder Mystery
A programme on the well-preserved body of a 2000-year-old Dane found in a peat bog. (1954)
BBC
First shown: 4 Jun 1954
Available for over a year Duration 42 mins


ARCHIVE
Buried Treasure
Mohenjo-daro
Sir Mortimer Wheeler describes his excavations of Mohenjo-daro, in Pakistan. (1957)
BBC
First shown: 4 Jun 1957
Available for over a year Duration 29 mins


ARCHIVE
Buried Treasure
King Solomon's Mines
Sir Mortimer Wheeler explores the stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe. (1958)
BBC
First shown: 29 Oct 1958
Available for over a year Duration 28 mins


ARCHIVE
Buried Treasure
The Walls of Jericho
Film of the archaeological excavations at Jericho. (1956)
BBC
First shown: 31 Jul 1956
Available for over a year Duration 31 mins


ARCHIVE
Buried Treasure
Stonehenge
Glyn Daniel talks about recent research into the mystery of Stonehenge. (1954)
BBC
First shown: 23 Jul 1954
Available for over a year Duration 30 mins


ARCHIVE
Chronicle
The Ape Man That Never Was
The story of the faked jaw and skull found in Sussex some 70 years ago. (1973)
BBC
First shown: 7 May 1973
Available for over a year Duration 49 mins


ARCHIVE
Chronicle
The Roman Goose March: The Holy Sailors
Glyn Daniel recruits an Olympian to investigate how far a goose can walk in a day. (1966)
BBC
First shown: 31 Dec 1966
Available for over a year Duration 50 mins


ARCHIVE
Chronicle
Vikings in North America
Documentary about the Vikings who allegedly discovered North America. (1966)
BBC
First shown: 18 Jun 1966
Available for over a year Duration 50 mins


ARCHIVE
The Grandeur That Was Rome
1. The Skeleton of an Empire
Sir Mortimer Wheeler investigates the legacy of the Roman Empire. (1960)
BBC
First shown: 13 May 1960
Available for over a year Duration 30 mins


ARCHIVE
The Grandeur That Was Rome
2. Gods and Men
Sir Mortimer Wheeler looks at the religious beliefs of the Roman Empire. (1960)
BBC
First shown: 20 May 1960
Available for over a year Duration 20 mins


ARCHIVE
The Grandeur That Was Rome
3. Roman Art and Architecture
Sir Mortimer Wheeler surveys the art and architecture of the Roman period. (1960)
BBC
First shown: 27 May 1960
Available for over a year Duration 30 mins


ARCHIVE
Sir Mortimer and Magnus
1. Churchill and the First Englishman
Magnus Magnusson talks to Sir Mortimer Wheeler about Winston Churchill's writing. (1974)
BBC
First shown: 19 Sep 1974
Available for over a year Duration 14 mins


ARCHIVE
Sir Mortimer and Magnus
2. The Festival Dig
Sir Mortimer Wheeler talks about the 1951 excavation at Stanwick in Yorkshire. (1974)
BBC
First shown: 26 Sep 1974
Available for over a year Duration 15 mins


ARCHIVE
Sir Mortimer and Magnus
3. The Royal House of the Brigantes
Sir Mortimer Wheeler talks about Brigantes in Yorkshire in 43 AD. (1974)
BBC
First shown: 3 Oct 1974
Available for over a year Duration 15 mins







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