EPISODE 1 - "MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN"
Venus of Willendorf - A Case of Peak Shift
- Sweet Briar College, Virginia, US
Insights into the "Venus" or "Woman" of Willendorf and similar depictions.
- Discovery Channel
Article and images on archaeological discoveries about weaving that provide a new look at the Venus of Willendorf.
Egypt and the Ordered Body: Egyptian Art
- Egyptian Sculpture Gallery, British Museum, UK
Array of images, detailed descriptions, context, and audio links centered on items from a large, historic collection.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Links to images and highlights of 50 specially selected Egyptian works of art, and description of an extensive collection.
- Egyptian Museum in Cairo, established by Egyptian government
Official showcase featuring images and descriptions of 169 examples of Egyptian art.
Egypt and the Ordered Body: Valley of the Kings
- Excellent overview of Valley of the Kings excavations.
Includes interactive atlas, images, narrated video tours, and information on the tombs.
- Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology, University of Memphis, US
Links to news articles and images of a recently discovered tomb, and various Egyptology sites.
- Eternal Egypt, website produced in partnership with the Egyptian government
Informative article on Egyptian art within an interactive tour, with video and audio links.
Ancient Greece and the Naked Body: Rules of Polykleitos
- Holy Land Photos, Bethel University, Minnesota, US
High resolution image and description of The Spear Bearer (Doryphoros) sculpture by Polykleitos.
Articles with numerous photographs on styles, techniques, and transformations in Greek art.
Ancient Greece and the Naked Body: Riace Bronzes
- Riace Bronzes
Brief discussion of the artistry and history of the bronze pair, with useful range of photographic views.
- University of Texas
Interesting images comparing the two statues and showing one in its pre-restored state.
EPISODE 2 - "THE DAY PICTURES WERE BORN"
Discovery of Altamira: Altamira, Spain
Museo de Altamira, Ministry of Culture, Spain
Exhibition overview, including cave replica, details and images of the Museum, and a video of reconstructed cave life.
Summary of the Museum's Altamira exhibition, its reproduction of the cave roof and its paintings, and of its conservation work.
More Cave Painting Sites: Lascaux, France - Salon of Bulls
Cave of Lascaux, French Government site
Series of images as part of a Virtual Visit on an informative and well illustrated website.
Chauvet Cave, France - Panel of Felines
The Cave of Chauvet, Ministry of Culture & Communication, France
Find the feline pack by taking a virtual visit to the End Chamber, West Wall, and its central panel.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Excellent image of the felines with a short, informative summary of the Chauvet Cave discovery, content, and background.
Peche Merle, France - Spotted Horses
Pech Merle Prehistory Center
Numbers three and twelve on the interactive map lead to the ledge and "dotted horses" while other map locations lead to more discoveries.
Niaux Caves, France - Wounded Bison
Niaux bison images and summary as part of a wide ranging site on the art of early humans, and featuring observations by famed rock art experts.
Visitor information for the Niaux Caves, featuring pictures of the bison and of the nearby Park of Prehistoric Art in Tarascon.
San People of South Africa
South African Museum, Iziko Museums of Cape Town, South Africa
Comprehensive text on San rock art with images, reading list, and an index to more museum links.
Discover our Drakensberg, South Africa
Regional tourist site with illustrated, interesting visitor information and links, some relating specifically to Game Pass Shelter.
Expert - Professor David Whitley, archaeologist: Chumash - Cave Art of California
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, US
Images and informative Q and A format sets Chumash cave art in a broader, cultural context.
EPISODE 3 - "THE ART OF PERSUASION"
Darius and the First Political Logo
Compass Collections Online
A brief history of Persian coins with image and details of a daric coin featuring Darius as an archer.
Media Studies Department, Malaspina University-College, Canada
Dr. Marshall Soules presents images through time analyzing the effects they create and how.
Center for Media Studies & Political Culture, University of Iowa, US
One of several strong images used to present George W. Bush in different ways.
Professional collector Andrew McIntyre relates fascinating facts explaining the meaning of the features of coins minted at Alexander III's command.
Lawrence University, Wisconsin, US
Description and background of both sides of a "tetradrachm" coin, linked to a clear close up of the famous Alexandrian head.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Image and detailed description of a "stater," an ancient Greek coin, featuring the head of Alexander the Great.
Expert - Dr. Andrew Fitzpatrick, Wessex Archaeology
The Amesbury Archer, Wessex Archaeology, UK
Fascinating illustrated background to the excavation of the grave, artifacts, remains and origins of the "King of Stonehenge."
The Amesbury Archer…, Archaeology, bbc.co.uk
Images and comprehensive account of the discovery of the possible ruler of Stonehenge and his treasure
EPISODE 4 - "ONCE UPON A TIME"
Aristotle - "The Poetics'
Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University, Massachusetts, US
Full translation of The Poetics with database links from key terms for scholarly explanations and sources.
Joseph Campbell - Storytelling
Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, US
Chronology of the writer's life with useful links, one of several features from the home of the Joseph Campbell collection.
Carl Jung - Collective Unconscious, Storytelling
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, California, US
Concise summary of Jungian idea from the collective unconscious to archetypes and their link to Campbell's work.
SPECIAL INTERACTIVE: Build your own story telling monument: Trajan's Column, Rome
McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
Excellent searchable database providing illustrations, context, details of techniques, and links to a fine collection of slides.
University of Los Angeles, California, US
Large Quicktime files allow three dimensional manipulation of black and white views and a slow scan of sections of Trajan's Column.
Storytelling, Aboriginal Style
Aboriginal Australia Art & Culture Centre, Alice Springs, Australia
Aboriginals themselves provide highlights of their culture including the Didgeridoo University.
Indigenous Australia, Australian Museum
Concise introduction to the aboriginal culture of Australia with topics including storytelling, dreamtime, and historical background.
Australian Didjeridu Cultural Hub, Australia
Well designed site (updated only to 2004). Centers on the instrument unique to native Australian culture, and explores its true role.
Expert - David Attenborough, Television Presenter
Aboriginal Art Online, Queensland, Australia
Informative summaries of the art of aboriginal Australians as captured in songs, stories, paintings and sacred rites.
Australian Museum Online
Searches under "paintings," "rock art," and "aboriginal art" reveal images and information from the latest finds to the care and conservation of art.
EPISODE 5 - "TO DEATH AND BACK"
D. H. Lawrence - Ship of Death
Bureau of Public Secrets, Berkeley, US
Critical analysis and interpretation of Ship of Death in Kenneth Roxreth's 1947 introduction to D.H. Lawrence's Selected Poems.
The Skulls of Jericho
British Museum, UK
Image and brief description of the practice of skull removal and modeling as seen in specimens found under the houses of ancient Jericho.
Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney, Australia K
Image with short explanation of head reburial and skull details found through x-ray and CT scan technologies.
The Moche Civilization
Brief background and several high quality color images from a 2003-2004 exhibition on priceless objects from the Moche rituals of human sacrifice.
The World of Tribal Art, VI:3/ 2000
Feature essay by Sebastian Miller on Moche fineline painting; detailed description of the technique and expandable illustrations.
IBM/PUCP/Wiese Virtual Archaeology Website
Basic, illustrated information about the archaeological site of El Brujo (the Wizard or Sorcerer), where humans were sacrificed.
The Aztecs of Mexico
Emuseum, Minnesota State University, Mankato, US
Images of sacrificial blades, links to related pages, and brief descriptions of four different types of Aztec human sacrifice.
Civilizations in America, Washington State University, US
Images and general essay with gruesome details of human sacrifice and the offering of blood to the Aztec gods.
The Mysterious Etruscans
Personal site rich with description and images of Etruscan art, including links to the hellish painting of the tombs of the Blue Demons and Orcus.
EXPERTS - Sheldon Solomon and Jeff Greenberg, Professors of Social Psychology: Human Awareness of Death
National Public Radio, US
Impressive array of transcripts, readings, and other resources relating to the broadcast series, The End of Life: Exploring Death in America.
Site designed to help journalists research religion related topics, including death; links provided from list of experts with summaries of their research.
Encyclopedia of Psychology, Jacksonville State University, Alabama, US
provides a wide range of links to sites related to practical support and articles on death and dying.