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.
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.
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.
With cutting-edge VR, fascinating interviews, and access to the very latest discoveries, join Professor Bettany Hughes in her ultimate countdown of history's most famous city's treasures.
Two priests buried side-by-side, glittering riches, and a long-lost goddess - things don't add up but new technology can uncover the truth.
Archaeology is like detective work, so when a crew find a sarcophagus with a broken seal, they follow the evidence to determine who remains inside.
In a newly discovered tomb under Saqqara, a single stone sarcophagus with an unknown 2600-year-old owner draws the attention of archaeologists.
Inside the ancient Egyptian necropolis of Saqqara, a team work to uncover a unique tomb complex in the hopes of locating a hidden burial chamber.
Tony Robinson goes on a journey across Egypt, where a series of incredible new tomb discoveries are being made. He travels the length of the Nile, from Cairo to Aswan, to investigate tombs of all shapes and sizes, and also meets the archaeologists who are unearthing these extraordinary wonders. He enters tombs that have been sealed shut for thousands of years, and discovers hieroglyphs that have only ever been seen by the ancient Egyptians who created them.
Tony Robinson is going all Indiana Jones, scrabbling around archaeological excavations by the Nile and getting very muddy. We see him wandering around the great ancient Egyptian monuments in Giza and Luxor, but it's far more interesting to follow him as he becomes one of the first laymen to catch sight of new discoveries being made in previously unexplored tombs. Like the dozens of pots containing the detritus of a mummification process - including an accidentally discarded major organ that Tony's pleased as punch to get to hold - or the exquisitely carved but unfinished entrance way to the home for eternity of an ancient local dignitary.
You have to climb and follow paths that don't always appear on maps in order to discover one of the best-kept secrets of the dynasties of pharaohs which was long hidden in the sand. Here, Egyptologists believe there was a perfect pyramid which served as a tomb for the pharaoh Djedefre - a pyramid which hides in its midst a room of almost 20 metres deep and an immense passage that leads deep into the pyramid's heart.
The whole world has its eyes riveted on the Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt. Yet, nearby, on the Giza plateau, other architectural masterpieces stand up to the test of time: the Sphinx, the lion with a human head, and the pyramids of Pharaohs Khafra and Menkaure.
Professor Bettany Hughes takes us on a beautiful, bespoke journey across this dramatic country, bringing you the definitive countdown of her top 10 treasures of Ancient Egypt. From blockbuster temples to the lost treasures of the pharaohs, this is a thrilling exploration of one of the world's oldest and most mysterious civilisations. Bettany travels from the Nile Delta in the north of Egypt, to the shores of Lake Nasser in the far south, taking in stunning sites including the Great Sphinx, the Rosetta Stone, the Valley of the Kings, and the Great Pyramid at Giza.
On the site of Dahshur, 40km to the south of Cairo, are two breathtakingly beautiful pyramids: two revolutionary monuments which would seem to be the first real pyramids, a link in the chain which is essential to understanding the evolution in the building of pyramids. To the south is the unusual rhomboidal Bent Pyramid. To the north is the Red Pyramid, which may well be the very first triangular pyramid to have been built.
Meidum is the least-known of the pyramids of Egypt, but the most mysterious. It stretches skywards and resembles a castle keep. The compound in which it is located is one of the largest monuments in the world. Thanks to the exceptional use of archaeology 2.0 and its drones, scientists can delve into the heart of this building which opens up to the skies. They can unravel the stages of its monumental construction and uncover the revolutionary techniques brought into play which have allowed this monument to withstand the test of time. Meidum is the enigmatic history of a larger-than-life building project which lasted four decades.
Explore Sydney's past through the archaeological excavation of The Big Dig site in The Rocks. The Big Dig excavations began in 1994, uncovering over a million artefacts and the remnant foundations of over 30 buildings, including early convict homes and businesses. It is one of the largest urban archaeological sites in Australia, and provides a rare insight into early urban life in Sydney. The site is open to the public and plays an active educational role for school students.
At the heart of Saqqara, the largest necropolis in Egypt, which was built around 2600 BC, is the Step Pyramid of Djoser. It is surrounded by a wall, and covered in hieroglyphics which form a priceless book of the dead, the greatest body of texts in all humanity. This pyramid, with its unusual design, is the first and most complex of all.
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