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Video Links Educational Communities of Uruguay and Kentucky

Contact: Ralph Derickson

Photo from screenshot from "The Prehistoric Mounds of Uruguay: Linking the Past and the Future"
Screenshot from "The Prehistoric Mounds of Uruguay: Linking the Past and the Future"

"In exploring the wetlands of Rocha, declared as one of the most diverse environments on Earth by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), viewers will learn about the mound-building societies that flourished there 4,000 years ago."

      -- Cecilia Mañosa, archaeology education specialist, Kentucky Archaeological Survey

April 9, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- An educational video that is part of a collaborative educational initiative linking educators and children in the northern and southern hemispheres in a joint exploration of the cultural heritage of Uruguay and Kentucky will be shown and discussed at 6 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the William T. Young Library auditorium.

In the video, titled "The Prehistoric Mounds of Uruguay: Linking the Past and the Future," José Iriarte, a UK doctoral student in anthropology, and Cecilia Mañosa, an archaeology education specialist in the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, guide teachers and students from the public schools in Rocha on an archaeological exploration to discover their province's prehispanic past.

Mañosa said viewers of the film will discover the rich 11,000-year history of Uruguay in South America. "In exploring the wetlands of Rocha, declared as one of the most diverse environments on Earth by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), viewers will learn about the mound-building societies that flourished there 4,000 years ago," Mañosa said.

The research project and subsequent video were jointly supported by KET-The Kentucky Network; the Kentucky Archaeological Survey; Kentucky Heritage Council; Kentucky Council for the Arts; Daniel Boone National Forest; Uruguay Cultural Foundation for the Arts in Washington, D.C.; the Embassy of Uruguay in Washington, D.C.; United Airlines; Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Uruguay; Ministerio de Turismo in Uruguay; Ministerio de Defensa Nacional in Uruguay; and Servicio de Parque del Ejército Santa Teresa.

To learn more about the Kentucky Uruguay Cultural Heritage Education Project, go to http://www.dinacyt.gub.uy/proykent/.


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