Archaeology

Jericho: The Oldest City on Earth?

Six thousand years before the present the colossal city of Uruk by far the largest in the worlds dominated the southern Mesopotamian plains of modern day Iraq. With a population of at least 50,000 people Uruk wouldn't be surpassed in size or in numbers for an astonishing 3,000 years to come. Until well into the Classical Age the legendary homeland of Gilgamesh was surrounded by a colossal mud bric

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Hunt For The Arctic Ghost Ship

In 1845 and ambitious British expedition set out to find one of the greatest prizes in all of exploration, the elusive Northwest Passage, a sea route to the Pacific Ocean through the Arctic Ocean. Armed with the latest equipment Sir. John Franklin lead two ships into uncharted Artic waters, but they vanished never to return. There is no story in the history of British exploration that ends as t

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Mystery Of The Cocaine Mummies

In the 21st dynasty of the pharaohs, 3000 years ago there took place one night at a temple the funeral of Henut Taui, The Lady of The Two Lands. Compared to the great rulers of Egypt her burial was a modest affair but just like the pharaohs she too was mummified and her body placed in the depths of the desert tomb in the belief it would give her immortality and in an unexpected way it has. He m

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The Search For Troy

For centuries archaeologists have tried to find the legendary city of Troy but without success. Troy is famous for the scene of the Trojan War, the fight for the worlds most beautiful woman, Helen of Troy and the ruse that won her back, the Trojan Horse. It's a story that has been told and retold by poets and actors for thousands of years but is it real? Did the city of Troy actually exist? A c

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The Lost Tomb Of Jesus

The most famous death in history is the death of Jesus of Nazareth. 2,000 years ago in first century Jerusalem he was crucified by the Romans, the Gospels tell us he was buried in a tomb and two days later Marry Magdalene one of his closest disciples found the tomb empty. But according the Gospel of Mathew there was another story circulating after Jesus's death and though gospel calls it a lie

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The Greatest Tomb On Earth: Secrets Of Ancient China

Unearthed from the single largest burial site on Earth comes a whole new tale which has the potential with rewrite history as we know it, revealing for the very first time the true origins of one of the most powerful nations: China. In this special we see historian Dan Snow, physical anthropologist Dr Alice Roberts and scientist and explorer Dr Albert Lin set their sights on a series of groundb

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Lost Civilisation: Göbekli Tepe

An ancient temple is discovered in the Middle East, it's thousands of years older than the Egyptian pyramids and it even dates long before the earliest civilisations like the Mesopotamians, the Minoan and the Mayan. It was built when mankind was still in the Stone Age but who built this temple and why? To solve the mystery, one mantravels back 12,000 years to the end of the last ice age, long b

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Oldest Mummies in the World

The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is the driest place on Earth. It stretches from the foothills of the Andes, a hundred miles westward to the edge of the Pacific Ocean. There are few signs of life here, it hasn't rained in parts for thousands of years but the very dryness of the Atacama has made it the perfect keeper of a unique treasure. Buried in its sands are the intimate secrets of an an

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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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