A mysterious void has recently been discovered in the Great Pyramid of Giza, a scientific discovery so remarkable it sent shockwaves around the world. The new discovery comes out of the ScanPyramids project, an international mission under the authority of Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities. Launched in October 2015, this project aims to non-invasively peer into Egypt's largest pyramids using a battery of modern non-invasive technologies. The findings mark the latest in a millennia-long quest to understand the Great Pyramid of Giza, long an object of mystery and intrigue. This documentary tells the amazing story of this discovery.
A team of archaeologists are excavating an ancient village in Cambridgeshire, England known as 'The British Pompeii', that has transformed history's picture of life in Bronze Age Britain. Inside perfectly preserved roundhouses, the team has discovered everything from Britain's oldest wheel to swords used in battle. The biggest revelation was proof of technology needed to produce cloth which was never before seen in Britain and proved these villagers' lives were anything but primitive. But behind all the incredible revelations is a mystery. The village is perfectly preserved because it burned to the ground. Was it a terrible accident or a deliberate act of violence? To try and solve this mystery, the team plots the progress of the fire, looks for signs of battle on the swords found around the site and questions if this wealthy village was simply abandoned.
The Great Pyramid of Egypt is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but the secret of how it was built has been lost to time. Now a series of incredible discoveries is allowing archaeologists to finally unlock the answers; revealing how and why the pharaoh Khufu built the biggest pyramid of all time. Using stunning CGI the complicated security features of the Great Pyramid are exposed, and the extent to which the ancient Egyptians utterly transformed the landscape is uncovered in unprecedented detail.
The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is the oldest and most intact of the seven wonders of the ancient world. For more than 4000 years, this iconic structure has puzzled and astounded in equal measures. Through a unique combination of pioneering archaeology and engineering experiments, this program shines new light on the age-old mystery of who built the pyramids, and how exactly they did it.
This episode follows Rae Ostman, the Royal Ontario Mueums' Managing Director of the Centre for Ancient Cultures, and Kiron Murkherjee, ROMKids Studio Assistant, as they plan, prep and execute a weekend at the ROM completely centered around Ancient Egypt. Various Curators, Preps, Interns and Conservators are all involved in bringing together dynamic exhibits for this once a year affair. MD also follows Gayle Gibson, Ancient Cultures Educator at the ROM, as she uncovers more details of a CAT Scan that was performed on the beautiful coffin of Djedmaatasankh - a 3000 year old mummy.
In this epic, visually stunning adventure through Ancient Egypt, journalist and art critic Alastair Sooke follows on from his hit series Treasures of Ancient Rome, tracking down the treasures of the longest-lasting civilization in history and uncovering the true story of their rise and fall throughout the ages.
In 1560 B.C., when Rome was still a marsh and the Acropolis was an empty rock, Egypt was already 1000 years old. Although the period of the pyramid-builders was long over, Egypt lay on the threshold of its greatest age. Led by a dynasty of rich personalities, we present the most extraordinary period in Egyptian history when the Egyptian Empire reached its zenith. This series reveals the dreams of the Pharaohs and ordinary citizens who created the first great empire in history.
Neil Oliver continues his journey through the world of Ancient Britain as he encounters an age of cosmological priests and some of the greatest monuments of the Stone Age - including Stonehenge. This is a time of elite travellers, who were inventing the very idea of Heaven itself.
A documentary that delves into the history of the British passenger liner the SS Persia that sank in the Mediterranean Sea after being torpedoed by a German U-Boat (Unterseeboot) in December of 1915. This documentary also chronicles the journey that Alec and Moya Crawford would take 88 years later - that of locating the ship and salvaging items from her.
Neil Oliver continues his epic tour through Britain's distant past with the arrival of metals from Europe. The first swords appear and warriors challenge the shaman class. A social revolution ushers in a new age of social mobility, international trade, and village life. And after thousands of years, Stonehenge is abandoned.
This documentary examines the history and economic aspects of football over the centuries from Pope Leo X to Adi Dassler (the inventor of the screw-in boot studs). The film features re-enactments, scientific experiments, traditional games on original sites and historical material, shown for the first time.
Archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver returns to continue his epic story of how Britain and its people came to be, from the height of the Bronze Age through to the age of Iron, the Celts and the first kings to the age of Rome.
For 3000 years after the construction of the first pyramid, Egypt was a land of prosperity largely thanks to the mighty Nile River. The Way Of Eternity reveals the development of this impressive civilisation and its relationship with its principal source of life.
The archaeological and historical investigation continues in Egypt where, according to the biblical text, the descendents of Abraham were already installed, including the leaders Joseph and Moses. Moses liberates the Hebrews from slavery before leading them out of Egypt - called the Exodus - and towards the 'Promised Land'.
The story of real life quests after some of history's greatest legends. From the Nazis' search for the Holy Grail, to the Americans who hunted for pirate treasure in Vietnam; from the true story of the crystal skulls to the mystery of King Solomon's mines - this series uncovers the truth behind some of the most fabulous, romantic and deranged treasure hunts in modern history. (From the UK) (Documentary)
The End Of The Age Of Pyramids - How did the most prestigious human civilisations decline and finally collapse? Archaeologists are excavating the sites where these civilisations once thrived to find new answers to these crucial questions. Their latest discoveries have given new keys to reveal the mystery of these ancient superpowers downfall. Drastic and sudden climate change, religious and political crisis: the first two episodes of The Twilight Of Civilisations investigates the downfall of the ancient Egyptian empire and the demise of Angkors kingdom in Cambodia. (Part 1 of 2) (From France, in English & French) (Documentary) (Rpt) G CC
Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor goes beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor to trace provocative new clues to one of the most tragic events of World War II - the sinking of the USS Arizona. More than 1,000 crew members perished in the greatest single loss of life in United States naval history.
A voyage of discovery through the world of prehistoric Britain, from the glacial wasteland of 12,000 BC to the glories of the Stone Age. Tapping into the latest scientific detective work and experimental archaeology, historian Neil Oliver uncovers how our ancestors emerged from the last ice age; how agriculture really came to Britain; and the tipping points that changed the course of history.
Three years after the end of the World War II, Germany still lay in ruins but there were signs of a new beginning. POWs were coming home from years in camps, and learning to adjust to new lives. On the political level, however, there was little or no harmony. In 1948 the three Western zones introduced a new common currency and the Soviet Union responded with a blockade of Berlin.
A new documentary series that explores four great ancient civilisations: China, Egypt, India and Mesopotamia. Each of these early civilisations was located on four of the world's great rivers - the Yellow River, the Nile, the Indus, and the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. All these rivers were home to human societies that made their mark on their landscapes and yielded crucial discoveries.
This episode returns to the history of the Israelite nation as recorded in the Bible. Moses entrusts the conquest of Canaan to Joshua, who led Israel into battle. At the time of a thunder storm, the tribes of Israel take possession of Canaan - the 'Promised Land' - and settle there. The archaeological investigation in this episode contradicts the biblical account.
In the summer of 1950, fear gripped the residents of Wytheville in the US. The town was in the midst of a full-blown Polio epidemic. That year alone, more than 33,000 Americans fell victim to the devastating but little-known virus - half of them under the age of ten. This program interweaves the personal accounts of polio survivors with the story of an ardent crusader who tirelessly fought on their behalf while scientists, including Jonas Salk, raced to eradicate this dreaded disease.
European kings and queens, princes and princesses tell their family history in this six-part series. This episode follows Queen Victoria's search for a suitable princess for her eldest son, Edward (VII). It was no easy task. Victoria was very favourably disposed towards the German dukedoms and kingdoms. A German princess was sought but there was not an appropriate match. Rumour had it that the Czar was engaged in a similar hunt and had his eye on Christian IX's eldest daughter, Alexandra. Victoria also felt that Alexandra would be a good match for Edward and was determined that he marry her.
Neil Oliver explores the discovery of a lifetime, a newly-discovered 5,000-year-old temple complex on the Orkney Islands. Built 500 years before the iconic monument of Stonehenge, the temple site is opening new windows onto the beliefs of Neolithic people, turning the map of ancient Britain upside down.
Buried in the Cambodian jungle lie the lost remains of the great medieval city of Angkor - once the capital of one of the world's greatest civilisations. Today, only the great stone temples like Angkor Wat survive. But Angkor was once a teeming metropolis, full of life - the biggest city on Earth. Now, a team of archaeologists are using a revolutionary technology called lidar to reveal the true scale and splendour of this abandoned megacity.
How did the most prestigious human civilisations decline and finally collapse? Archaeologists are excavating the sites where these civilisations once thrived to find new answers to these crucial questions. Their latest discoveries have given new keys to reveal the mystery of these ancient superpowers' downfall.
A voyage of discovery through the world of prehistoric Britain with historian Neil Oliver. It's 4,000 BC and the first farmers arrive from Europe, with seismic consequences for the local hunter-gatherers.
For thousands of years Egypt has concealed a secret world. The mysterious remains of over four million mummies have been hidden within Egypt's magnificent tombs. They are remnants not of the ancient pharaohs but the perfectly preserved remains of animals.
For thousands of years Egypt has concealed a secret world. The mysterious remains of over four million mummies have been hidden within Egypt's magnificent tombs. They are remnants not of the ancient pharaohs but the perfectly preserved remains of animals. Using modern science an international team of experts discover how and why the Ancient Egyptians preserved their animals just like their kings.
Mesopotamia was the site of the Sumerian civilisation, which flourished at the confluence of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. From 5000 to 2000 BC, the Sumerians flourished in a hostile environment by developing agriculture and irrigation and they opened up the trade routes of the ancient world.
Ancient cities, palaces, temples and monuments are brought to life through computer animation in this landmark series accompanied by expert commentary and analysis by a team of leading historians, lecturers, scholars and authors.
The ancient Egyptians have fascinated humanity for centuries. The Pyramids of the Pharaohs and the Sphinx are fabulous monuments to their past glory. But according to one scientist, Dr Sarah Parcak, the astonishing antiquities already discovered are just a tiny percentage of what was left behind. Egypt What Lies Beneath is a visually stunning film which takes viewers on a remarkable voyage of discovery to unlock the history of ancient Egypt.
With exclusive access deep beneath Rome's streets and stunning new visualisation techniques, classicist Dr Michael Scott leads a team of experts to reveal the full story of the ancient world's most awe-inspiring city and the extraordinary people who created and lived in it.
An epic exploration of the Celtic and Roman ages with Neil Oliver. In this episode, the fast growing tribes of Britain turn violent. But out of the fighting something remarkable appears - glorious art and design, as well as magnificent swords of a lavish beauty never seen before.
Stonehenge may be the best-known and most mysterious relic of prehistory. Every year, a million visitors are drawn to Salisbury Plain in England to gaze upon the famous circle of stones. During the 20th century, excavations revealed that the structure was built in stages, and that it dates back some 5,000 years, to the late Stone Age. The meaning of the monument, however, has continued to elude us. Many questions still remain about how a prehistoric people quarried, transported, sculpted, and erected these giant stones.
In 1841, the intrepid explorer John Lloyd Stephens - who some consider to be the original, real version of Indiana Jones - amazed the world with his discovery of an entire ancient civilisation hidden for centuries in the tangled scrub jungles of Central America. He also noticed something uniquely curious about the Maya: unlike other great civilisations such as the Romans and the ancient Egyptians, the Mayan empire did not arise from the banks of a mighty river. Much of the Mayan world is in fact devoid of even the smallest river or lake. Then why did they populate the Yucatan?
When a stone tablet surfaced in Israel, it bore an inscription, apparently 3000 years old, confirming the existence of the temple of Solomon. If this stone was authenticated it would hold profound implications, not only for Biblical believers, but also for the future of the divided city of Jerusalem.
The Karakum Dessert in Turkmenistan holds some of the best kept secrets of Central Asia. Italian archaeologist, Gabriele Ruggero Rossi-Osmida has spent years digging under the sand of the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan and what he found has changed our thinking about the great civilisations of the past.
An epic exploration of the Celtic and Roman ages with Neil Oliver. Around 100 BC-140 AD, the leaders of the British Celtic tribes are trading with Europe and enjoying the best that civilisation can offer. Then the Romans invade, and everything changes.
Neil Oliver concludes his epic journey through ancient British history by focusing on the legacy of the Romans. He digs beneath a London tower block, examines building work from a large stadium, and investigates the remains of an African woman who lived in York 1,800 years ago - evidence of the extraordinary multicultural world of Rome.
A new dynasty emerges. Threatened from abroad, Rameses II leads an army north to fight the Hittites at Kadesh. The battle becomes his crowning achievement and the basis for a new period of stability and wealth.
The second episode begins in 1928, with the historic flight of the Southern Cross across the Pacific Ocean, followed throughout the 1930s by the continuing struggle to maintain an Australian-owned aviation industry in the face of powerful international airline businesses.
This six-part series was four years in the making and includes interviews with Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark and his mother Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark. This episode continues the family saga, detailing the expanding royal family.
This episode looks at the varied periods of construction, destruction and renewal seen in the architecture of the city of Berlin. Written and presented by award-winning, German-born journalist Matt Frei, anchor of BBC World News America who was the BBC's Bonn Correspondent in Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The Great Sphinx in Egypt's Giza Plateau is the biggest and oldest statue in a land of colossal ancient monuments, yet the half-human, half-lion is shrouded in mystery. Riddles of the Sphinx follows a team of archaeologists as they attempt to find out how the statue was built and who, or what, it represents.
Two-thousand-five-hundred years ago in northern India, Prince Siddhartha left his palace where he had spent twenty-nine years indulging in pleasures. He was determined to comprehend the nature of human suffering. After a gruelling spiritual quest that lasted six years, he at last attained enlightenment meditating under a fig tree. He became the Buddha, the 'awakened one', and devoted the rest of his life to teaching the way to enlightenment that he himself had found, giving birth to one of the world's great religions.
The investigation continues by focusing on who put the biblical texts into writing. Who were the Israelites of the Old Testament times? How did they appear in the area? What can we know of what characterises these ancient Israelites, their habits and their beliefs?
In southeastern Iran, a sudden change in the course of the Halil Roud River recently revealed traces of a 5000 year-old civilization on the Iranian Plateau that had been hidden until then. More than 80 archaeological sites have since been identified in the area. Five huge cemeteries were plundered, but the associated housing structures remain untouched. The large quantity of relics found, the cultural wealth of the objects, and the size of the area inhabited suggest an entirely original civilization. Scientists hail this as an important discovery, one which may challenge the common belief that civilization arose from one location in Mesopotamia.
Award-winning filmmaker David Grubin tells the story of the Buddha's life, a journey from a life of privilege to a search for enlightenment. It features the work of some of the world's greatest artists and sculptors, who have depicted the Buddha's life in art rich in beauty and complexity. The program provides insights into the ancient narrative by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
This documentary aims to unlock the mysteries of the most recognisable statues on earth - the giant stone heads of Easter Island. The program explores how the thousand giant stone heads of Easter Island were made, and why. Plus, examines why the Islanders all toppled, except one.
A powerful portrait of the events leading up to and following the attacks of September 11, 2001. To understand the impact of September 11, the program reaches back more than 50 years, to 1946 when the idea of a 'world trade center' was first conceived in New York City. It chronicles the construction of the towers and explores the astonishing expansion of American economic power during the second half of the 20th century.