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A ground-breaking, six-part character-driven battlefield archaeology series featuring two young knockabout archeologists. In 1314 Edward II led a mighty army north to quell what he saw as yet another Scottish revolt. His force, thought to have numbered 18,000 came up against Robert the Bruce and his 6,500 patriotic fighters at the Battle of Bannockburn. But Scotland's most famous battlefield has gone missing!
We uncover the truth behind Druid sacrifice, revealing a vivid and chilling new picture of the last days of this ancient Celtic cult.
It is the largest free-standing sculpture ever carved from a single block; an icon recognised around the globe. The Sphinx, a lion with the face of a mighty pharaoh, towers 20m high and stretches 70m long. It is a silent witness to thousands of years of history. For over 4500 years it has stood guard in front of the Giza Pyramids, yet it remains one of history's most enigmatic mysteries.
Looks at the peak of Goering's career, around 1938 and the annexation of Austria. Goering was not sure Germany would be able to sustain a war, and did secret deals with France and Britain. But while Goering was Hitler's deputy was more interested in hunting and building up his collection of "bought" Jewish art works from Paris.
Six more prominent Australians trace their family trees in a new series of the hit TV genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? Footy legend and latter day 'Knight in Shining Armour' Ron Barassi has always believed that actions speak louder than words. In WDYTYA? he embarks on a journey into his ancestry tracing the Barassi family line back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Victorian Gold Rush. Along the way he learns of his father's dying moments on the battlefields of WW2 and investigates the origins of a rift which tore the family apart.
By 1690, Japan is a nation completely isolated from the outside world, except for a small community of Dutch traders. Among them is German Doctor Englebert Kaempfer, whose writings provide valuable insights on daily life in Japan. Culture and commerce flourish. But ruling daimyo warlords and their samurai armies continue to grow restless.
With Ieyasu in control, peace descends on Japan, and a new society based on the samurai ethics of obedience and loyalty is established. In 1600, William Adams becomes the first Englishman to set foot in Japan. Impressed by European trading vessels, Ieyasu asks Adams to help him build his own fleet. Aware that the English have no interest in converting the Japanese to Christianity, Ieyasu decides to expel the Portuguese and Spanish, who too often combine missionary work with trade.
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