Category “Archaeology”

Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath

The megaliths found at Stonehenge are some of the most investigated and interesting found in Britain today but despite centuries of examination, excavation and theories there is one big question that still remains, what were it origins and how over thousands of years did this iconic place evolve? In this two part series by the BBC a group of experts for the first time are taking a more hi-tech approach in order to unlock the secrets of Stonehenge. The new data discovered and supported by archaeological evidence throws a new light on how humans progressed over the last 10,000...

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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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Cities of the Underworld: Istanbul

Walk anywhere in the city of Istanbul and you're walking on top of the past. Dig anywhere beneath the streets and you'll uncover thousands of years of hidden history. Most historic cities have been extensively excavated but in Istanbul, archaeologists have just barely scratched the surface. On the History Channels quest to peel back the layers of the cities buried past, there is no telling what they will...

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Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth

For centuries, Jews have lamented the destruction of their holy city Jerusalem and their temple by the Romans, which they believed was the beginning of their long 2000 years of exile. Exile is not only a religious Jewish belief but for millions of Jewish and non Jewish alike it is a historical fact. But what has been considered as fact for centuries is now being challenged by archeological evidence unearth across Israel. Here in the ancient town of Sepphoris just 70 miles from Jerusalem evidence points not to a people driven into exile but on the contrary to a population that not only...

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Treasures of the Royal Captain

The Royal Captain was a British East Indiaman launched in 1772 and lost in 1773 in the South China Sea. In 1999, an expedition discovered the wreck and salvaged some of her cargo. Randall built the three-decker, which her managing owner, Sir Richard Hotham, chartered to the East India Company. The ship measured 43.6 metres from bow to rudder, 11 metres across the beam and had a burthen of 864...

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La Marquise de Tournay

During the 2008 season of Odyssey Marine Exploration's Atlas Shipwreck Survey Project in the western English Channel, the Odyssey Explorer located a significant and previously unknown shipwreck . Initial investigation of site MUN-T1M33c-1 using the Remotely-Operated Vehicle Zeus revealed a spread of over 20 cannon and several masses of amorphous, linear iron concretions. During the initial survey the ship's bell was located lying on its side just west of the wreck nucleus. The artifact was recovered and sent for conservation to the York Archaeological Trust. Initial conservation exposed...

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The Missing Link

Last year the discovery of a tiny fossilised jawbone hit the headlines. The jawbone, only a few centimetres long with seven rows of teeth, was found abandoned in a dusty museum where it had lain unnoticed for decades. Its rediscovery has caused a sensation in the world of palaeontology because scientists now believe it may be a tiny remnant of a 'missing link', an ancient extinct animal that could provide a vital clue in our understanding of one of the great mysteries of science - how, 360 million years ago, a slimy fish-like creature grew legs and walked out of the water, onto the land to...

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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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Mummified Child

This time the team heads back into a dark corner of the 19th century, to a time when corpses were turned into trophies and children were sold by the inch. Their subject is the bizarre mummified body of a child. Sue and the team pick up the trail that leads to body snatching, serial murder and anatomical science in darkest Victorian Britain. Can they give our boy a home, a face, or a...

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