Category “Archaeology”

The Day The Earth Nearly Died

250 million years ago, long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the land and oceans teemed with life. This was the Permian, a golden era of biodiversity that was about to come to a crashing end. Within just a few thousand years, 95% of the lifeforms on the planet would be wiped out, in the biggest mass extinction Earth has ever known. What natural disaster could kill on such a massive scale? It is only in recent years that evidence has begun to emerge from rocks in Antarctica, Siberia and Greenland. The demise of the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago (at the so-called K/T boundary), was as...

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The Town That Time Forgot

An archaeologist searching for a Roman road is amazed to instead discover an entire Roman town that had been lost and forgotten for thousands of...

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Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces

In August 2005, a History Channel expedition team made a shocking discovery more than two miles beneath the Atlantic Ocean: large missing pieces of Titanic’s bottom, more than 1,500 feet from the rest of the ship, so well preserved that even the original red paint is still clearly visible. These pieces were little known and never examined for their role in the sinking, and they tell a new and potentially more terrifying story of Titanic’s final moments, rewriting the script that had previously been taken as fact. Relive the disaster, the history, and the deep-sea search for new clues...

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Lost Kingdoms of South America: Lands of Gold

Through the mountains and jungles of Colombia, archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper goes in search of the truth behind one of the greatest stories ever told - the legend of El Dorado. His journey takes him from Bogota to the Caribbean coast, through territories once dominated by two cultures, the Muisca and the Tairona, who flourished for centuries before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. Dr Cooper reveals forgotten peoples who valued gold in a way the Western world still struggles to understand, travelling to an astonishing lost city and meeting the last survivors of an ancient...

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History Cold Case

History series which sees skeletons of everyday people from across the ages analyzed in staggering detail, opening new windows on the history of our forebears by literally revealing the person behind the skeleton. The fascinating work of world-renowned Professor Sue Black OBE and her team at the Center for Human Anatomy and Identification at the University of Dundee comes under the spotlight as the team works on answering three big questions from the skeleton. Who were they? Why did they die? What does their life story tell us that we didn’t know before? Using the full arsenal of...

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Saving Egypts Oldest Pyramid

In the sands of the Sahara stands one of our greatest legacies, the oldest stone structure of it's kind in the world, a hundred years older than it's famous cousin, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the step pyramid is a cornerstone in the history of civilization. Being the first pyramid ever built, it's safe to say it's also one of mankind's most important structures. Now however after having been ravaged by looters, hit with several earthquakes and gone through the simple erosion of time itself, this ancient skyscraper is falling apart. This film by National Geographic documents...

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Hitler’s Hidden City

Hitler's Hidden City is a subterranean adventure under the streets of Berlin, following the work of a team of German archaeologists and historians exposing and exploring the last remaining structures of the Third...

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The Seven Wonders of the World

Egypt, land of the pyramids, mighty monuments constructed in the early days of history. Monuments that endure to this day attracting visitors across the world. Many visitors come to Egypt to see one pyramid in particular, the Great Pyramid of Cheops at Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the most celebrated man-made constructions of all time. Of the seven, only the Great Pyramid of Cheops survives, but history and archaeology are able to tell us the stories of all seven, including the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the...

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Secrets of the Tang Treasure Ship

Historians have long speculated that thousands of wooden ships plied a Maritime Silk Route from the Middle East to China, braving long distances on white-capped seas, but time and the deep ocean have destroyed any evidence . . . until now. In 1998 German engineer Tilman Walterfang found a shipwreck from the 9th Century blanketed by intact gold, silver and ceramic items. As we uncover clues and reveal the story of the wreck, reenactments transport us back in time to an age of the legendary Sinbad the Sailor, when vicious seas ravaged wooden boats like matchsticks. Through interviews with...

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