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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, ...

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.

Two of Britain's leading archaeologists and world-renowned experts on Stonehenge, Professor Tim Darvill and Professor Geoff Wainwright, believe they have finally unlocked the ...

Two of Britain's leading archaeologists and world-renowned experts on Stonehenge, Professor Tim Darvill and Professor Geoff Wainwright, believe they have finally unlocked the mystery of the monument. They are convinced that Stonehenge was a place of healing. An ancient Lourdes. A place where people came on a pilgrimage to get cured. And in world without modern medicine the stones had magical powers.

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 ...

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.

The Great Fire of Rome was the single most destructive force ever encountered by the Roman Empire, lasting nine days and leaving 10 of Rome's 14 districts burnt beyond ...

The Great Fire of Rome was the single most destructive force ever encountered by the Roman Empire, lasting nine days and leaving 10 of Rome's 14 districts burnt beyond recognition. The emperor Nero was widely believed to have started the fire as a means of destroying his aristocratic adversaries and clearing space for his Golden Palace. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to see his divine vision realised. He bowed under the pressure of public condemnation and probable punishment, and committed suicide. Two thousand years later, vital questions surrounding the fire remain unanswered. Was the fire an act of arson or an accident, and who really started it?

The Mounds of Cahokia dwarf the pyramids of Giza, but who built them and how? A discovery of a mass grave of female virgins could hold the answer. In 1922, Howard Carter made ...

The Mounds of Cahokia dwarf the pyramids of Giza, but who built them and how? A discovery of a mass grave of female virgins could hold the answer. In 1922, Howard Carter made a great discovery in the history of archaeology: the tomb of Tutankhamun. Now, in the most fascinating tomb from Ancient Egypt, an ever greater discovery is about to be made: possible secret doorways in his tomb. Queen Nefertiti could lie in a hidden chamber behind these walls.

The stunning tale of the building of the most spectacular - and impossible - monument in the Americas - the sacred mountain-top city of Machu Picchu.

The stunning tale of the building of the most spectacular - and impossible - monument in the Americas - the sacred mountain-top city of Machu Picchu.

We travel back through time to reveal how human resourcefulness and courageous endeavour would create one of the ancient world's most magnificent megastructures, the Khazneh.

We travel back through time to reveal how human resourcefulness and courageous endeavour would create one of the ancient world's most magnificent megastructures, the Khazneh.

The story of Chartres, the most beautiful of all medieval cathedrals; the audacity of the man who dreamed it up and the men who achieved a feat which was thought impossible.

The story of Chartres, the most beautiful of all medieval cathedrals; the audacity of the man who dreamed it up and the men who achieved a feat which was thought impossible.

Rediscovering the buried treasures of the ancient world. What did these legendary places really look like, who lived in them, and why did they vanish?

Rediscovering the buried treasures of the ancient world. What did these legendary places really look like, who lived in them, and why did they vanish?

The dramatic story behind the Colosseum in Ancient Rome: the men who created it and the men who fought and died within it.

The dramatic story behind the Colosseum in Ancient Rome: the men who created it and the men who fought and died within it.

The breathtaking engineering and organisation behind the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which was built to turn a Pharaoh into a god, and helped create the Egyptian state.

The breathtaking engineering and organisation behind the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which was built to turn a Pharaoh into a god, and helped create the Egyptian state.

Mary Beard explores the physical world of the Roman Empire, and finds surprising parallels with our own world. Setting out in the footsteps of the emperor Hadrian, she ...

Mary Beard explores the physical world of the Roman Empire, and finds surprising parallels with our own world. Setting out in the footsteps of the emperor Hadrian, she discovers a vast empire bound together by a common material culture, and a globalised economy of such scale that evidence of its side-effects can still be seen today, thousands of miles away from Rome. Mary un-picks the threads of a huge commercial and cultural network, taking in the vital supply of olive oil to Rome and her armies, the slave trade, and the all-important silver mines of Spain. Following the famous Roman road network, and the shipping routes connecting the empire's thriving ports, Mary reveals another side to the Roman Empire, one where builders and traders eclipse soldiers, and starring slaves, not senators, make the most of a hugely connected new world.

An ambitious young king who seizes the throne of the Khmer Empire by murder, commissions the largest stone temple in the world built entirely on a swamp - the mighty temple of ...

An ambitious young king who seizes the throne of the Khmer Empire by murder, commissions the largest stone temple in the world built entirely on a swamp - the mighty temple of Angkor Wat.

Magnificent, awe-inspiring and mysterious, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt has fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Naked Science looks at how and why it was built ...

Magnificent, awe-inspiring and mysterious, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt has fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Naked Science looks at how and why it was built and examines the myths and legends surrounding one of the world's oldest man-made structures.

Pompeii, the lost Roman city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, has long been a source of fascination to archaeologists. Its sister city Herculaneum, buried in the ...

Pompeii, the lost Roman city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, has long been a source of fascination to archaeologists. Its sister city Herculaneum, buried in the same eruption but to a much greater depth, reveals an even more complete picture of Roman life. The high temperature of surges that engulfed Herculaneum had the effect of carbonising organic matter such as wood and food, preserving them intact.

Could a remote island chain in Polynesia have been the centre of a thriving civilisation? New archaeological and geological evidence reveal an ancient world of human sacrifice ...

Could a remote island chain in Polynesia have been the centre of a thriving civilisation? New archaeological and geological evidence reveal an ancient world of human sacrifice and epic voyages.

We peel back the layers of the great church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to reveal its incredible engineering secrets, and vividly bring to life the astonishing story of its ...

We peel back the layers of the great church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to reveal its incredible engineering secrets, and vividly bring to life the astonishing story of its construction.

From the ashes of London's Great Fire in 1666 rises Christopher Wren's daring architectural vision. As England's first Baroque cathedral, St Paul's is an icon to rival the ...

From the ashes of London's Great Fire in 1666 rises Christopher Wren's daring architectural vision. As England's first Baroque cathedral, St Paul's is an icon to rival the grandeur of ancient Rome.

A Moroccan skull, more than one hundred thousand years old, is revealed to be that of a six-year-old child. Dental examinations confirm that the child lived and died well ...

A Moroccan skull, more than one hundred thousand years old, is revealed to be that of a six-year-old child. Dental examinations confirm that the child lived and died well before the founding of modern religion, the construction of Egypt's pyramids and even the advent of agriculture.

Built using techniques that surpass modern ones, the temples, altars and residences of Machu Picchu have resisted torrential rains, landslides and earth tremors since being ...

Built using techniques that surpass modern ones, the temples, altars and residences of Machu Picchu have resisted torrential rains, landslides and earth tremors since being abandoned by the Incas.

Professor Joann Fletcher explores what it was like to be a woman of power in ancient Egypt - from the realities and artefacts of everyday life to the remarkable leadership and ...

Professor Joann Fletcher explores what it was like to be a woman of power in ancient Egypt - from the realities and artefacts of everyday life to the remarkable leadership and influence wielded by women whose levels of freedom were unique in the ancient world.

Michael Wood travels through Syria and Iraq to uncover the story of Alexander the Great's decisive battle against the Persian Empire in 331 BC.

Michael Wood travels through Syria and Iraq to uncover the story of Alexander the Great's decisive battle against the Persian Empire in 331 BC.

Planet Egypt
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Planet Egypt: Birth Of An Empire

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  SBS  |  September 18, 2011
For over 3000 years, Ancient Egypt was the world's most vibrant and puzzling civilisation. It flourished through war and peace. The Egyptians built great cities, enduring ...

For over 3000 years, Ancient Egypt was the world's most vibrant and puzzling civilisation. It flourished through war and peace. The Egyptians built great cities, enduring monuments, and advanced mathematics and technology. Their astonishing legacy survives to this day. This four-part series looks at what transformed a simple community of riverside farmers into a great empire, outlasting all others. Archaeologists have uncovered new clues from Egypt's very beginning, a 5000-year-old tablet that tells a fascinating tale of warfare just before the founding of the empire.

Egypt Unwrapped
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Egypt Unwrapped: Alexander The Great's Lost Tomb

Season 1  |  Episode 8  |  ABC  |  September 19, 2011
Alexander the Great is one of history's greatest warrior kings, and was the leader of the most powerful nation in the ancient world. The location of his tomb has eluded ...

Alexander the Great is one of history's greatest warrior kings, and was the leader of the most powerful nation in the ancient world. The location of his tomb has eluded archaeologists for nearly 2,000 years.

Egypt Unwrapped
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Egypt Unwrapped: The Real Cleopatra

Season 1  |  Episode 4  |  ABC  |  August 22, 2011
Cleopatra is one of the most famous women in history, yet remains an enigma. Using newly discovered evidence and ancient sources we attempt to reveal the real woman behind the ...

Cleopatra is one of the most famous women in history, yet remains an enigma. Using newly discovered evidence and ancient sources we attempt to reveal the real woman behind the myth and world she ruled.

Egypt Unwrapped
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Egypt Unwrapped: The Scorpion King

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  ABC  |  August 8, 2011
A century ago, excavators unearthed the image of an unknown ruler called King Scorpion. His name has intrigued experts ever since, but it's only now that major new finds are ...

A century ago, excavators unearthed the image of an unknown ruler called King Scorpion. His name has intrigued experts ever since, but it's only now that major new finds are bringing him to life.

Dr Michael Scott takes us on an extraordinary journey through the often invisible treasures of one of the greatest ancient cities in the world, Istanbul. But with many of the ...

Dr Michael Scott takes us on an extraordinary journey through the often invisible treasures of one of the greatest ancient cities in the world, Istanbul. But with many of the secrets of its cathedrals, aqueducts, and the Roman chariot-racing track out of sight or underground, he turns to the latest 3D-imaging technology. The scanning team helps us to see the city as no human eye ever could, peeling back the layers of history, showing how the city has had to reinvent itself over and over through its turbulent past.

Monks in Spain claim to have the original cup that Jesus drank from and the vessel that held his blood, but is it real? The Holy Grail is the legendary cup that Jesus drank ...

Monks in Spain claim to have the original cup that Jesus drank from and the vessel that held his blood, but is it real? The Holy Grail is the legendary cup that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper and it has long been held as an object of mystery and intrigue. The search for the Holy Grail dates back millennia, but a brand new discovery could reveal where it is today. Experts trace the extraordinary story behind Christianity's ultimate relic and explore how it has become one the world's most enduring religious symbols.

Egypt Unwrapped
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Egypt Unwrapped: Pyramids

Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  ABC  |  August 29, 2011
For many people, the pyramids are the embodiment of ancient Egypt. How they were constructed continues to arouse endless speculation, but the question of where they came from ...

For many people, the pyramids are the embodiment of ancient Egypt. How they were constructed continues to arouse endless speculation, but the question of where they came from and why they were built goes deeper still.

Planet Egypt
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Planet Egypt: Pharaohs At War

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  SBS  |  September 25, 2011
This second episode asks how Egypt maintained its relative independence for 3000 years. The program looks at the rule of Thutmosis III, who conquered more land than any other ...

This second episode asks how Egypt maintained its relative independence for 3000 years. The program looks at the rule of Thutmosis III, who conquered more land than any other pharaoh, yet ultimately he had no interest in establishing an expanding empire abroad.

Planet Egypt
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Planet Egypt: Temples Of Power

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  SBS  |  October 2, 2011
Religion played a major role in Egypt's success story. In the eyes of the people, daily religious observance guaranteed the annual harvest and the survival of mankind, as well ...

Religion played a major role in Egypt's success story. In the eyes of the people, daily religious observance guaranteed the annual harvest and the survival of mankind, as well as ensuring access to the afterlife.

Egypt Unwrapped
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Egypt Unwrapped: Secrets Of The Valley Of Kings

Season 1  |  Episode 6  |  ABC  |  September 5, 2011
The Valley of the Kings is the most famous royal burial ground in the world. Now modern specialists are finding new evidence to solve enigmas locked beneath the sands for ...

The Valley of the Kings is the most famous royal burial ground in the world. Now modern specialists are finding new evidence to solve enigmas locked beneath the sands for three and a half thousand years.

Egypt Unwrapped
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Egypt Unwrapped: Mystery Of The Screaming Man

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  ABC  |  August 1, 2011
Two centuries ago a 3000-year-old mummy was found, his face locked in an eternal scream. Using cutting edge medical science and unprecedented access we attempt to solve the ...

Two centuries ago a 3000-year-old mummy was found, his face locked in an eternal scream. Using cutting edge medical science and unprecedented access we attempt to solve the mysteries of the Screaming Man.

Dr Michael Scott uses the latest 3D-scanning technology to reveal the historical secrets of ancient Athens. He tells the story of how it created the world's first democracy. ...

Dr Michael Scott uses the latest 3D-scanning technology to reveal the historical secrets of ancient Athens. He tells the story of how it created the world's first democracy. He begins his journey on the Acropolis where, in the late 6th century BC, the people of Athens overthrew a tyrant and set up the world's first democracy. There, he investigates a mysterious, asymmetrical temple called the Erechtheion that sits in the shadow of the world-famous Parthenon, and reveals it to be one of the most important buildings of Ancient Athens.

Planet Egypt
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Planet Egypt: Quest For Eternity

Season 1  |  Episode 4  |  SBS  |  October 9, 2011
The final episode examines how Egypt's belief in the afterlife could be part of its long term success. It questions how a society apparently obsessed with death could survive ...

The final episode examines how Egypt's belief in the afterlife could be part of its long term success. It questions how a society apparently obsessed with death could survive for so long. We discover that Egypt's specific belief in the afterlife was essential to the longevity of her civilisation. The Egyptians liked their life so much, they wanted it to continue after their demise. Egypt's belief in the afterlife provided focus for the population for more than 3000 years.

Secrets of the Pyramids
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Secrets of the Pyramids

Episode 1  |  SBS  |  November 5, 2017
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 ...

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.

In the final episode, Andrew takes us up ancient tower blocks, down early sewers, and above 2000-year-old harbour basins still filled with water, to find out. He'll reveal how ...

In the final episode, Andrew takes us up ancient tower blocks, down early sewers, and above 2000-year-old harbour basins still filled with water, to find out. He'll reveal how Rome surpassed all those cities from the ancient world that had gone before.

In 1666 a great fire engulfed the city of London destroying the magnificent cathedral of Old St Paul's. Architect, Christopher Wren, set out to raise a new cathedral from the ...

In 1666 a great fire engulfed the city of London destroying the magnificent cathedral of Old St Paul's. Architect, Christopher Wren, set out to raise a new cathedral from the ashes which soon became an iconic landmark of London.

The incredible story of how Scotland became the Roman Empire's toughest military challenge. At the height of its power, Rome boasted the domination of millions of people and ...

The incredible story of how Scotland became the Roman Empire's toughest military challenge. At the height of its power, Rome boasted the domination of millions of people and vast tracts of lands as far east as Syria, Egypt in the south, Spain in the west and the Germanic wildernesses in the north. In 43 AD Emperor Claudius' forces invaded and conquered Britain, but there was one small part of these barbarian lands that wasn't so easy to crush.

Pyramid
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Pyramid

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  ABC  |  May 16, 2011
This series recreates the building of the Great Pyramid of Khufu through the story of a conscripted labourer, Nakht. Life in ancient Egypt is reconstructed based on ...

This series recreates the building of the Great Pyramid of Khufu through the story of a conscripted labourer, Nakht. Life in ancient Egypt is reconstructed based on archaeological artefacts and writings, with computer generated images and impressive 3D graphics illustrating the scale and internal structure of the pyramid.

Egypt Unwrapped
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Egypt Unwrapped: The Real Ramses

Season 1  |  Episode 7  |  ABC  |  September 12, 2011
There is one Egyptian pharaoh who towers above the rest: Ramesses II. A formidable warrior, builder and statesman, he declared himself a living god. Archeologists look again ...

There is one Egyptian pharaoh who towers above the rest: Ramesses II. A formidable warrior, builder and statesman, he declared himself a living god. Archeologists look again at Ramesses, in the hope of finding out more.

This program brings to life the ingenious engineering solutions and treacherous political betrayals that gave birth to what is arguably the most perfect example of Moorish ...

This program brings to life the ingenious engineering solutions and treacherous political betrayals that gave birth to what is arguably the most perfect example of Moorish architecture in existence - The Alhambra.

Tutankhamun: Secrets Of The Boy King shows how new research is revealing previously unknown details about the real pharaoh behind the iconic gold mask. This film follows the ...

Tutankhamun: Secrets Of The Boy King shows how new research is revealing previously unknown details about the real pharaoh behind the iconic gold mask. This film follows the Earl of Carnarvon - whose great-grandfather helped discover Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 - as he travels across Egypt, examining recent finds that will change our image of the boy king forever.

Just off the southern coast of mainland Greece lies Pavlopetri, the oldest submerged city in the world. It thrived for 2000 years during the time that saw the birth of western ...

Just off the southern coast of mainland Greece lies Pavlopetri, the oldest submerged city in the world. It thrived for 2000 years during the time that saw the birth of western civilisation. An international team of experts is using cutting-edge technology to prise age-old secrets from the complex of streets and stone buildings that lie less than five metres below the surface of the ocean. State-of-the-art CGI helps to raise the city from the seabed, revealing for the first time in 3,500 years how Pavlopetri would once have looked and operated.

A world wonder so elusive, most people have decided it must be mythical. Centuries of digging have turned up nothing. The problem is, everyone has been looking in the wrong ...

A world wonder so elusive, most people have decided it must be mythical. Centuries of digging have turned up nothing. The problem is, everyone has been looking in the wrong place. This documentary will prove the Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist.

The first town of over 1 million people was built more than 2000 years ago. Without any of our modern conveniences, and what we would consider necessities today, how did they ...

The first town of over 1 million people was built more than 2000 years ago. Without any of our modern conveniences, and what we would consider necessities today, how did they function? Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explores the remains of these ancient megalopolises, explaining how to make a city work without the benefits of modern technology.

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 ...

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.

Secrets of the Pyramids
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Secrets of the Pyramids

Episode 2  |  SBS  |  November 12, 2017
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 ...

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.

In the fading days of the Pharaohs, the city of Heracleion was the gateway to Egypt and a port beyond compare. Despite its importance, Heracleion mysteriously disappeared from ...

In the fading days of the Pharaohs, the city of Heracleion was the gateway to Egypt and a port beyond compare. Despite its importance, Heracleion mysteriously disappeared from history as if wiped from the face of the Earth. In 2000 archaeologists discovered the city's remains 6 kilometres off the Egyptian coast and only 10 metres under water. This documentary follows a team of maritime archaeologists as they uncover glorious temples, statues, houses, and boats lying perfectly preserved beneath the sea.

The first town of over 1 million people was built more than 2000 years ago. Without any of our modern conveniences, and what we would consider necessities today, how did they ...

The first town of over 1 million people was built more than 2000 years ago. Without any of our modern conveniences, and what we would consider necessities today, how did they function? Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explores the remains of these ancient megalopolises, explaining how to make a city work without the benefits of modern technology. He first journeys across stunning locations in Greece to find out how Athens gave birth to the idea of a city run by free citizens. Andrew then reveals how Rome surpassed all those cities from the ancient world that had gone before.

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 ...

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.

Learn about one of the most populous nation in the world by taking a leap in history and updates on modern day China with this curated collection.
From the Silk Road to the Great Wall, Ancient China is a rich and diverse tapestry of dynasties and empires. Learn more about the rich history of one of the world's largest superpowers.
The Egyptian Empire was once the pinnacle of civilisation. An explosion of wealth, power and creativity made it the envy of the ancient world. But what led to its downfall?
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, it left a trail of destruction in its wake. Among them, the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with Attenborough, explore Kakadu's Mountford rock art, peek inside the micro-worlds of the Galapagos, and be awed by the Great Wall of China when exploring the world's heritage sites.
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