Archaeology

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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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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