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.
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.
In the Democratic Republic of East Germany there had always been rumours that there was a secret police force watching and listening in on people's every move, a hidden entity cataloguing and manipulating people's lives for the benefit of the repressive Communist regime. But it wasn't until 28 years ago when the Berlin Wall came down that the shocking truth was exposed. East Germany had spied on its citizens on a scale never before seen in history. Jamie looks behind the hidden remnants of this notorious symbol of division to tell the story of East Germany's State Security Service, better known as, the Stasi. This episode sees Jamie visit the key Stasi locations of East Berlin in an effort to uncover the true nature of this repressive organisation.
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.
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.
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