Egyptian Tomb Hunting
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Egyptian Tomb Hunting

Episode 2 SBS June 3, 2020

Ancient history

History

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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 ...

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.

Egyptian Tomb Hunting
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Egyptian Tomb Hunting

Episode 1 SBS May 27, 2020

Ancient history

History

9-10
11-12
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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 ...

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.

Stonehenge Decoded: New Discoveries
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Stonehenge Decoded: New Discoveries

National Geographic May 26, 2020

History

Ancient history

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Scientists use new technology to unravel the secrets of a recently discovered ancient monument in Ireland. Who made this Irish Stonehenge and why?

Scientists use new technology to unravel the secrets of a recently discovered ancient monument in Ireland. Who made this Irish Stonehenge and why?

Stonehenge: Bringing Back the Dead
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Stonehenge: Bringing Back the Dead

The History Channel May 25, 2020

History

Ancient history

9-10
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Britain. 3000 BC. Out of a violent, divided nation of early farmers a surprising new society is born. Unified and organised to such an extent that they can harness the ...

Britain. 3000 BC. Out of a violent, divided nation of early farmers a surprising new society is born. Unified and organised to such an extent that they can harness the expertise and drive to build the world's greatest and most mysterious monument. Stonehenge. When the society disappears, it transforms into a new culture founded on metal and personal wealth. However, the builders leave something more than the mammoth monument behind. They leave their bodies, buried in the earth. Leading Stonehenge expert, Professor Mike Parker Pearson, opens his groundbreaking discoveries to us so we can tell the story of Stonehenge in a unique way. It has always been shrouded in magic and secrets, but now, for the first time we will meet the people who worshipped, celebrated, lived and died in the shadow of Stonehenge. In the process, we trace the dramatic rise and fall of one of the greatest prehistoric societies in the world. This genuinely new narrative is based on the latest research conducted into the cremated and buried people at the site. The stones have mesmerised humans for hundreds of generations. Now we will meet the makers.

Secrets of the Ancients
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Secrets of the Ancients: Caesar's Bridge

Season 1 Episode 2 The History Channel May 24, 2020

History

Ancient history

9-10
11-12
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In 55 BC, Julius Caesar arrived at the mighty Rhine. He was determined to get his legions across, but considered it beneath the dignity of the Roman army to cross the river by ...

In 55 BC, Julius Caesar arrived at the mighty Rhine. He was determined to get his legions across, but considered it beneath the dignity of the Roman army to cross the river by boat. Consequently, he ordered his men to build a wooden bridge over a river which was at least 400m wide, up to 8m deep and flowing at 2m a second. In his account of The Gallic Wars, he claims that from the felling of the first tree to the completed bridge, this massive structure was built in only 10 days. This program attempts to discover if Caesar was boasting. Engineer Chris Wise takes on the challenge and attempts to build a timber bridge across the North Tyne, in Hadrian's Wall country, another outpost of the Roman Empire, using the same techniques as the Romans had at their disposal.

The Pyramids: Solving the Mystery
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The Pyramids: Solving the Mystery: Abu Rawash and the Lost Pyramid

Episode 6 SBS May 22, 2020

Ancient history

History

7-8
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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 ...

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.

Secrets of the Ancients
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Secrets of the Ancients: Viking Voyage

Episode 1 The History Channel May 17, 2020

History

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World-renowned mariner Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and a Norwegian crew attempt a journey across the North Sea in a replica Viking ship. Not only do they navigate without modern ...

World-renowned mariner Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and a Norwegian crew attempt a journey across the North Sea in a replica Viking ship. Not only do they navigate without modern charts or compasses - as did their Viking ancestors - but they also put to the test the Viking practice of portaging, by attempting to haul a 9 tonne cargo ship across a narrow strip of land in Shetland from the North Sea to the Atlantic.

The Pyramids: Solving the Mystery
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The Pyramids: Solving the Mystery: The Last Secrets of Giza

Episode 5 SBS May 15, 2020

Ancient history

History

7-8
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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 ...

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.

Egypt's Top Ten Treasures
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Egypt's Top Ten Treasures

SBS May 10, 2020

Ancient history

History

9-10
11-12
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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. ...

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.

The Pyramids: Solving the Mystery
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The Pyramids: Solving the Mystery: Dahshur: An Incredible Discovery

Episode 4 SBS May 8, 2020

Ancient history

History

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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 ...

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.

Mystery of the Celtic Tomb
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Mystery of the Celtic Tomb

The History Channel May 4, 2020

History

Ancient history

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The Celts, who were they? Where did they come from? Were they mystical druidic people of the British Isles - or gruesome, barbarian warriors who got under Caesar's skin? The ...

The Celts, who were they? Where did they come from? Were they mystical druidic people of the British Isles - or gruesome, barbarian warriors who got under Caesar's skin? The answers lie deep inside mountains and in ancient tombs. In the heart of the European Alps remarkable evidence of a culture that thrived 3000 years ago has been found trapped and perfectly preserved inside sealed salt mines. In a massive nearby cemetery, the remains of over 1500 people interred with countless precious artefacts have been excavated. These were the Celts and they were neither British nor barbarians. They were an advanced civilisation that ruled over a Kingdom of Salt. Rare, precious salt gave them wealth and power. Now, another Celtic puzzle - inside a 2400 year old tomb the remains of a woman and two men have been recovered. She was an aristocrat; they were giants of men. A shaman and her entourage? Relatives or sacrifices? An interdisciplinary team of scientists is working to unlock the secret of this ancient menage a trois; it may be the first real evidence of mystical rites from the dawn of the Celts.

The Pyramids: Solving the Mystery
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The Pyramids: Solving the Mystery: Meidum and the Mystery of the False Pyramid

Episode 3 SBS May 1, 2020

Ancient history

History

7-8
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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 ...

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.

Archaeology at the Big Dig
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Archaeology at the Big Dig

SBS April 27, 2020

Ancient history

History

9-10
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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 ...

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.

The Pyramids: Solving the Mystery
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The Pyramids: Solving the Mystery: Saqqara, the First Pyramid

Episode 2 SBS April 24, 2020

Ancient history

History

7-8
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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 ...

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.

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus
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Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

The History Channel April 12, 2020

Religious studies

Ancient history

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Explore the fundamental question: is there any evidence that the Exodus story actually happened? Examine rarely seen evidence regarding the Israelites' descent into slavery, ...

Explore the fundamental question: is there any evidence that the Exodus story actually happened? Examine rarely seen evidence regarding the Israelites' descent into slavery, their Exodus from Egypt and their ultimate conquest of the Promised Land. Although many scholars and archaeologists deny the validity of the Exodus story for lack of proof, this programme a builds a case that sheds new light on the story.

Treasures Decoded
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Treasures Decoded: Search for the Holy Grail

Season 3 Episode 5 The History Channel April 10, 2020

History

Ancient history

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In 2014 historian Margarita Torres discovered two Arabic parchments hidden in an Egyptian library. The documents record 'The Cup of the Messiah' travelling from Jerusalem to ...

In 2014 historian Margarita Torres discovered two Arabic parchments hidden in an Egyptian library. The documents record 'The Cup of the Messiah' travelling from Jerusalem to Spain in the year 1055 as a gift to King Ferdinand of Leon. Examining an ornate chalice in Leon that once belonged to King Ferdinand's daughter, archaeologist Julian Henderson reveals that hidden behind the medieval gold embellishment is a simple onyx cup. Margarita Torres argues that this onyx cup is the one held by Jesus. Torres finds evidence to support her theory in a medieval painting of the Last Supper commissioned by King Ferdinand's daughter. The Arabic parchment contains a tantalising description; it says that the cup arrived in Spain with a piece missing.

Forbidden History
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Forbidden History: The Real Mary Magdalene

Season 4 Episode 6 The History Channel April 11, 2020

Ancient history

Religious studies

9-10
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We lift the lid on some of history's great mysteries by tunnelling deeper, travelling wider, looking more closely, asking harder questions and searching for evidence with more ...

We lift the lid on some of history's great mysteries by tunnelling deeper, travelling wider, looking more closely, asking harder questions and searching for evidence with more determination than ever before. We are taken to places far and wide and will encounter conspiracy theories, cover-ups, strange phenomena, unexplained happenings and mysterious findings - in short, a whole host of unusual goings on that have had a massive bearing on how we view history today. Mary Magdalene is a key figure in the Christian faith. She travelled with Jesus as one of his followers and is said to have witnessed Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Within the four Gospels she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles. During the Middle Ages, Mary Magdalene was given the reputation in Western Christianity of being a repentant prostitute, something which is nowhere supported by the canonical gospels. But who really was this vital part of the Christian story? What can we discover of her life? What historical evidence can be uncovered?

Spartacus
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Spartacus

9Gem April 5, 2020

Media arts

Ancient history

9-10
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This epic saga chronicles the birth of a slave army led by an ex-gladiator named Spartacus that threatens the sovereignty of almighty Rome.

This epic saga chronicles the birth of a slave army led by an ex-gladiator named Spartacus that threatens the sovereignty of almighty Rome.