Archaeology

Italy’s Mystery Mummies

Thousands of mummies in the very heart of Europe, monks, doctors, soldiers and even children, dead yet resisting deaths inevitable decay in the catacombs in Italy's Catholic churches. Some of these mummies are so well preserved it is almost impossible to tel if they are dead or merely sleeping, but who made these mummies and why? First the first time these Italian churches are permitting scient

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The Ancient World

The Ancient World is a seven part documentary series presented by historian Bettany Hughes, it was originally aired by British TV station Channel 4 over the course of an 8 year period. Hughes, takes us on a wonderful journey through the ancient world and at each stop on this journey providing us with extensive insight into what it would have been like to be alive at this period in time and how the

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Vesuvius

August 24th, 79 A.D. was a day like any other day in the ancient roman town of Herculaneum, citizens met in the town square, discussed a little Italian politics, talked business over lavish lunches. Herculaneum was a booming sea side town at the height of the Roman Empire, trade was good and the future looked bright little did this towns residences know that the clock was ticking, their beautiful

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The Lost Tribes of Humanity

We like to think that humans are special, and we are but we are not one of a kind. The past thirty to frothy thousand years in human history have been really unique in the sense that we are alone on our planet. Earlier than this and there were always different types of humans around, those that we met and mixed with. Thanks to well preserved DNA we now know that there were at least four other d

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The Great Human Odyssey

It shouldn't have happened that Homo sapiens, our species, managed to survive and overcome the odd which have been against us for over 200,000 years. We are not indestructible and there are many evolutionary dead ends but our ancestors managed to not only survive, but also to spread into every corner of the globe. It was only our ancestors who managed to spread and colonise some of the most dif

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Riddles of the Sphinx

Nothing quite represents the mysteries of ancient Egypt more than the Great Sphinx, it is the largest statue ever built by the ancient Egyptians  and still makes us wonder how they managed to construct this crouching lion, human headed creature. For 45 centuries the Sphinx has overlooked Egypt's Giza Plateau, with a height matching that of The White House and it's body spanning the length of a

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Iceman Reborn

The story of the Iceman is an ancient murder mystery, it involves Europe's oldest natural mummy, known to us today as Otzi. He was a man who was stalked, attacked and left to die alone more than 5,000 years ago. Thanks to the formation of some glacial ice Otzi was preserved and later discovered in remarkable condition. Due to the quality of his remains scientists, historians, and archeologists 

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Vikings Unearthed

The Vikings, Scandinavian warriors who plundered and pillaged over a thousand years ago, their brutality became legendary as they left a trail of violence across Europe. For centuries viking longships terrorised people from Ireland to the Caspian Sea, however they were not just raiders they were also traders and explorers who ventured further than any Europeans before them. Now archaeologist ar

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Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered

In 1922 Howard Carter and George Herbert discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, it was found nearly entirely intact and instantly received worldwide press coverage sparking a new public interest in ancient Egypt for which the mysterious mask of Tutankhamun remains the popular symbol. However since the discover of his tomb, one question in particular has hung over the tale of Tutankhamun and that i

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