Ancient Discoveries

Ancient Discoveries

Rituals of Death
Season 4  |  Episode 5  |  The History Channel  |  August 16, 2018

Ancient Discoveries travels to Egypt to discover the mysteries of the mummified crocodiles of Kom Ombo. They X-ray an ancient mummy that has held a secret for 2000 years, and reveal the lengths that people will go to to ritualise death. New discoveries at the site of the world famous terracotta army in China reveal incredible insights into the mind-state of the great first emperor of China and his people and what they believed about death. From automatic booby-trap crossbows to reanimated ghost soldiers. In Britain, forensic scientists solve a year old murder using 15th-century forensic science, as well as hundreds of mini-detective blowflies. And using virtual reality techniques doctors will now look inside the body of a victim during a live crucifixion to discover horrific new truths about the suffering on the cross.

Ancient Discoveries travels to Egypt to discover the mysteries of the mummified crocodiles of Kom Ombo. They X-ray an ancient mummy that has held a secret for 2000 years, and reveal the lengths that people will go to to ritualise death. New discoveries at the site of the world famous terracotta army in China reveal incredible insights into the mind-state of the great first emperor of China and his people and what they believed about death. From automatic booby-trap crossbows to reanimated ghost soldiers. In Britain, forensic scientists solve a year old murder using 15th-century forensic science, as well as hundreds of mini-detective blowflies. And using virtual reality techniques doctors will now look inside the body of a victim during a live crucifixion to discover horrific new truths about the suffering on the cross.

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