Strata: Portraits of Humanity

Strata: Portraits of Humanity is a monthly half-hour newsmagazine-style show designed for cable TV and Internet platforms. As we say in our show, “Each episode of the human story is a portrait building on the many layers of the human experience.” Strata delivers in-depth coverage of a wide variety of archaeological and cultural heritage topics all around the world.

By the Archaeological Legacy Institute

Strata: Portraits of Humanity is just one of the many examples of archaeological and culture-focused programming offered by the Eugene-based nonprofit, Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI). Founded in 1999 by Oregon archaeologist Dr. Richard Pettigrew and colleagues, ALI works to develop ways to make archaeology more effective both in gathering important information and in sharing its perspectives on the human cultural past with the public and the profession.
This mission has shaped the development of ALI throughout its nearly 22-year-long history. Based on these principles, ALI created the streaming media website, The Archaeology Channel ( ALI also produces a weekly news podcast (the Audio News from Archaeologica) and organizes and runs a tour program and an annual film competition (The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival. Most recently, ALI has launched a streaming video-on-demand platform called Heritage Broadcasting Service (, where premium films on archaeology and cultural heritage can be enjoyed by subscription.