Dan Snow attempts to use the latest satellite technology to reveal the secrets of the Roman Empire. Together with space archaeologist Sarah Parcak, Dan sets out to identify and then track down lost cities, amphitheatres and forts in an adventure that sees him travel through some of the most spectacular parts of the vast empire. Cutting-edge technology and traditional archaeology help build a better understanding of how Rome held such a large empire together for so long.
The Revelation Of The Pyramids takes an in depth look into one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Mystery has surrounded these epic structures for centuries with theories varying from the scientific to the bizarre. However with over 37 years of in depth research taking in sites from China, Peru, Mexico and Egypt, one scientist has as at last managed first to understand and then to reveal what lies behind this greatest of archaeological mysteries.
A Moroccan skull, more than one hundred thousand years old, is revealed to be that of a six-year-old child. Dental examinations confirm that the child lived and died well before the founding of modern religion, the construction of Egypt's pyramids and even the advent of agriculture.
In this episode, Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher reveals a strange and mysterious world: the ancient Egyptian afterlife. To the Egyptians, life was just a dress rehearsal for the perfect afterlife they were trying to reach.
Egypt captivates us like few other ancient civilisations - but what was it like to actually live there as an ordinary person 3500 years ago? Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher goes on a fascinating journey in search of the people who built and populated this incredible civilisation.
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Michael Wood travels through Syria and Iraq to uncover the story of Alexander the Great's decisive battle against the Persian Empire in 331 BC.
Neil Oliver examines the skeletons of the Viking victims of the St Brice's Day massacre at Oxford and describes how the bones reveal how they died.
Neil Oliver visits Reichskrone, the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire, in Vienna and discusses how Cnut the Great's attendance of the Holy Roman Emperor's coronation marks Viking culture becoming European.
Neil Oliver visits the Jelling Monument, established by King Harald Bluetooth to mark Denmark's conversion to Christianity.
Neil Oliver studies the Helgo Treasure in Stockholm as evidence of the extent of the Vikings' travels, including a bishop's staff from Ireland, a ladle from Africa and a Buddha statue from India.
Neil Oliver joins Russian Viking enthusiasts as they roll a longboat along land to get to a river.
Neil Oliver examines possessions discovered with at the Repton Viking Warrior burial site, and discusses the relationship between these objects, Viking religion and their approach to warfare.
Neil Oliver meets archaeologist Lindsey Simpson, who explains how Vikings in Ireland can be identified by their grave sites and how their bones have worn.
Dr Thomas Asbridge reveals that the outcome of these epic holy wars was decided not on the hallowed ground of Jerusalem, but in Egypt. As trade blossomed between Christians and Muslims and the Mongol hordes arrived from Asia, a saintly French king and the most remarkable Muslim leader of the Middle Ages fought for ultimate victory in the East.
This week Dr Thomas Asbridge examines the Third Crusade and the two renowned figures who have come to embody Crusader war: Richard the Lionheart, king of England, and the mighty Muslim sultan Saladin, unifier of Islam.
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