JANUARY 2017 PRESENTATION VIDEO- Archaeology Year in Review 2016

By Darwin “Smitty” Smith,Vice President of Time Sifters

Returning for the third year, Time Sifters VP “Smitty” Smith presents the 2016 archaeological year in review. Smitty reviews dozens of significant reports of archaeological discoveries around the world before narrowing it down to eight to present to us. He reminds us there is more to archaeology than just the classical civilizations, and his presentation tries to capture how large the field of discovery has become. He also highlights some of the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The videos in the presentation played without sound in the above video. The links to them are below.

Video one for the Plaque Pit – Crossrail https://youtu.be/SL-ZX46Q8hs

Video two for Page-Ladson Site https://youtu.be/K8b1j-dwLNM

Video three about the Philistines https://youtu.be/DSwifGaSYaA

NOVEMBER 2016 PRESENTATION VIDEO – Herod’s Mountaintop Monolith: Masada and Her Palaces

By Dr. Steven Derfler, Executive Director, Educational Resources, Inc.

Herod became the Roman King of Judea in 40 BCE and imposed changes upon his subjects that resulted in a “world turned upside down.” Herod’s desert fortress on the mountain top of Masada has been described as one of the most enduring engineering feats of the ancient Roman world. His royal northern palace is a marvel of Roman technology as it hangs over a precipice in three levels descending down the mountain face, literally ‘hanging’ over the Dead Sea Valley 1300 feet below.
An international educational consultant, public speaker, archaeologist, historian, researcher, teacher and writer, Dr. Derfler has been uncovering the histories of Ancient Civilizations for 40 years. Tracing the development of western religions from their roots in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean countries, Dr. Derfler brings insight to current political and social events, bridging the past with the future to promote greater understanding between people from different faiths and walks of life.


OCTOBER 2016 PRESENTATION VIDEO – Lori Lee: Slavery & Health Practices in 19th Century Virginia

Health consumerism in the modern sense speaks to patients’ involvement in their own healthcare decisions. How does this concept apply to enslaved laborers in the antebellum South? Anthropologist Lori Lee’s study of enslaved African Americans in central Virginia looks at the degree of access they had to resources that shaped their health and well-being experiences. The nature of health and illness is multilayered. It is influenced by an individual’s personal experience with their physical body, including their mind; by how the body is socially represented in various symbolic and metaphorical forms; and by regulation, surveillance, and control of one’s reproduction and sexuality, work and leisure, and sickness. Lee’s presentation uses this multi-layered approach to explore practices of health and healthcare among the enslaved laborers in the antebellum South.

Lori Lee is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Flagler College. Her research focuses on the archaeology of the African diaspora, gender, memory, and material culture.