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NOVA; Secrets of the Lost Red Paint People



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Secrets of the Lost Red Paint People
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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NOVA follows archaeologists as they unearth clues, some 7,500 years old, about an unknown, mysterious and advanced seafaring people who lived along the North Atlantic coast of the United States and Canada. Red ocher is simple rust, iron oxide formed naturally in most soils and used since Neanderthal times by humans in handiwork and rituals. So when archaeologists in the 19th century discovered large concentrations of red ocher, together with stone tools, in burial sites along the Maine coast, they knew they had stumbled on an ancient ritual culture.



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