The Hittite Empire was a major force in the ancient Near East between 1650 and 1200 BC. With photography from historical sites and museums of Turkey, Syria and Egypt, plus on location interviews with world renowned scholars, The Hittites traces the history of these people. Through the use of digital technology and dramatic re-enactments, key moments in Hittite history comes alive as audience journey back in time to experience what it meant to be a Hittite 3500 years ago. This documentary revolves around the personal stories of the six most influential kings and queen of the empire. Highlights include: The battle of Kadesh between the Hittites and Rameses II of Egypt, a turning point for the Near East and resulting in the first written peace agreement in history, The marriage between the Hittite King Hattusili III and Puduhepa, regarded as one of the greatest love stories of the ancient world, The plague which swept through the Near East and crippled Anatolia, The Hittite pantheon of Gods, which was the precursor of the Greek pantheon. This feature length programme is a discovery of a long forgotten civilisation which had the most advanced legal system of its time and had the oldest known Indo-European language in history.
The day Alexander the Great died he left behind one of the world's great empires. Get to know his legacy with Dates That Made History.
The Egyptian Book of the Dead is one of the most important and most overlooked documents in the world. Biblical scholars agree that portions of the Old Testament are direct descendants of the ancient Egyptian text, written 4000 years ago. Some archaeologists argue that Moses himself must have not only read, but have carried a copy of The Book of the Dead with him when he fled Egypt! Today, a new generation of seekers have begun to re-examine the ancient text and its wisdom that has shaped our modern world in ways that few understand.
A cemetery crammed with skeletons offers clues and challenges what we know about the final days of the once-mighty ancient empire of the Inca.
The first cataract of the Nile cuts through Aswan, making it a natural border and a direct gateway to the gold of the Pharaohs. In this episode, the investigation leads the viewer on a dive into the waters of Elephantine Island in order to discover the oldest Nilometer.
Built on the shores of the Nile, Luxor is home to the greatest monuments of the New Kingdom: the Karnak complex, the temple of Denderah, and the million-year-old castle of Ramses II. The river has changed its course several times. The viewers are to discover several treasures and wonders engulfed by the waters of the Nile. Some of the latest technologies of archaeology 2.0 will help to explain the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians along the sacred river.
In the region of Cairo, there is much evidence of how the floodings of the Nile had a big impact on ancient Egyptian civilisation. Of course they fertilised the Earth, but among other things they also provided water to the canals that were used for the construction of the pyramids. One of these canals has recently been found near Saqqarah, thanks to the use for the first time in Egypt of a LiDar scan.
Discover the pivotal role China's crafts played in the development of a unique identity that influenced the course of world history.
In northern Egypt, off the coast of Alexandria, the viewer sets off on a journey to discover the incredible stories of two ancient sunken cities at the mouth of the Nile. Underwater and aerial drones will reveal exceptional archaeological sites, whose stories are strictly linked to the astonishing evolution of the river Delta.
Historian Sam Willis explores the history of Chinese architecture, and how it has evolved for the growing cities and future generations.
Discover how the quest to feed its people has shaped the nation over millennia, and how the same challenges are being met in the nation.
Explore the health practices of the ancient Chinese and discover how age-old concepts still loom large in the nation.
We investigate the importance of the family to Chinese civilisation and how it became the building block of Chinese society.
Historian Sam Willis unravels how Chinese fascination with the sky has influenced peoples and cities from the past to the present.
Professor Bettany Hughes returns with an exciting countdown of her 10 greatest Egyptian mummies - and the secrets that lie beneath the bandages. Ancient Egypt has a history like no other - nestling between the desert and the Nile, its extraordinary pyramids, soaring temples, and hidden tombs astonish and captivate. But nothing brings Egypt's past back to life like the mummies that survive it. Wrapped, embalmed, and buried with treasure for thousands of years, each mummy tells the story of the people - the criminals, priests, children, and pharaohs - who lived the history we've come to know. Alternative title: Top Ten Mummies of Egypt.
The chance discovery of the first sealed tomb in the Valley of the Kings for 100 years reveals a tale of ancient Egyptian grave robbing, desecration, and the rise of a new elite that would overthrow the pharaohs.
Bettany visits a vast desert catacomb where tens of thousands of mummified animals were once left as an offering, before exploring the longest tomb discovered and visiting the amazing Dendera temple.
The 86 plaster casts of the victims of Pompeii are archaeological feats unique to the world. Created in 1863, thanks to the revolutionary technique introduced by archaeologist Carlo Fiorelli, many of them severely deteriorated over the years. This documentary follows the reservation of these important figures.
The Pyramid of Khufu is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World which can still be seen in its original state. At 146 metres high, 230 metres wide, and made from almost 2.5 million blocks, including 63-tonne granite slabs, the Pyramid of Khufu breaks all the records.
In the barren desert of northern Egypt an astonishing discovery has been made: a pyramid with a sealed burial chamber. When archaeologists open it, an ancient crime scene is revealed. It leads the team to explore the murky world of tomb raiders and pharaoh's gold to solve a 4000-year-old mystery.
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