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Secrets of the Dead

Secrets of the Dead is part detective story, part true-life drama that unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events.

Hidden In The Amazon

55m 25s

Recent discoveries, including funerary urns with highly decorative patterns, and technological advances like the remote sensor system known as LiDAR, are shedding new light on our understanding of pre-Columbian societies in the Amazon. Scientists speculate the rainforest was home to between 8 and 10 million people living in large, well-established communities.

Episodes

  • Hidden In The Amazon: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hidden In The Amazon

    S20 E4 - 55m 25s

    Recent discoveries, including funerary urns with highly decorative patterns, and technological advances like the remote sensor system known as LiDAR, are shedding new light on our understanding of pre-Columbian societies in the Amazon. Scientists speculate the rainforest was home to between 8 and 10 million people living in large, well-established communities.

  • Decoding Hieroglyphics: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Decoding Hieroglyphics

    S20 E3 - 55m 25s

    The first modern translation of Egyptian hieroglyphics happened 200 years ago. How was the ancient code cracked? Today, archaeologists are busy translating hieroglyphics from an important scribe’s tomb, its walls covered from floor to ceiling with symbols thousands of years old. This new research is giving archaeologists a better understanding of life in ancient Egypt.

  • Last Days of Pompeii: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Last Days of Pompeii

    S20 E2 - 55m 30s

    An ornate ceremonial chariot was recently discovered in the ruins of Pompeii, offering insights into the lives of wealthy, high-ranking landowners who lived outside the city. Buried by the Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago, this is not a humble transport cart. “It's the Lamborghini of this ancient world,” says Eric Poehler, an expert on ancient infrastructure in Pompeii.

  • Archaeology at Althorp: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Archaeology at Althorp

    S20 E1 - 55m 30s

    Charles, Ninth Earl Spencer — best-selling author and brother to Diana, Princess of Wales — may be sitting on the greatest British archaeological find of the century. Searching Althorp, the Spencer family estate, for a medieval village, a team of British archaeologists find evidence of something far older.

Extras + Features

  • Hidden In The Amazon Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hidden In The Amazon Preview

    S20 E4 - 32s

    Recent discoveries, including funerary urns with highly decorative patterns, and technological advances like the remote sensor system known as LiDAR, are shedding new light on our understanding of pre-Columbian societies in the Amazon. Scientists speculate the rainforest was home to between 8 and 10 million people living in large, well-established communities.

  • Decoding Hieroglyphics Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Decoding Hieroglyphics Preview

    S20 E3 - 32s

    The first modern translation of Egyptian hieroglyphics happened 200 years ago. How was the ancient code cracked? Today, archaeologists are busy translating hieroglyphics from an important scribe’s tomb, its walls covered from floor to ceiling with symbols thousands of years old. This new research is giving archaeologists a better understanding of life in ancient Egypt.

  • Last Days Of Pompeii Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Last Days Of Pompeii Preview

    S20 E2 - 32s

    An ornate ceremonial chariot was recently discovered in the ruins of Pompeii, offering insights into the lives of wealthy, high-ranking landowners who lived outside the city. Buried by the Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago, this is not a humble transport cart. “It's the Lamborghini of this ancient world,” says Eric Poehler, an expert on ancient infrastructure in Pompeii.

  • Archaeology at Althorp Preview

    S20 E1 - 32s

    Charles, Ninth Earl Spencer — best-selling author and brother to Diana, Princess of Wales — may be sitting on the greatest British archaeological find of the century. Searching Althorp, the Spencer family estate, for a medieval village, a team of British archaeologists find evidence of something far older.

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    Bombing Auschwitz

    Sunday
    Jan 29

    1 Hour

    Upon hearing the stories of two Jewish prisoners who escaped Auschwitz, the Allies consider bombing the Nazi prison camp in an effort to save lives in the future.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    Bombing Auschwitz

    Sunday
    Jan 29

    1 Hour

    Upon hearing the stories of two Jewish prisoners who escaped Auschwitz, the Allies consider bombing the Nazi prison camp in an effort to save lives in the future.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    Bombing Auschwitz

    Sunday
    Jan 29

    1 Hour

    Upon hearing the stories of two Jewish prisoners who escaped Auschwitz, the Allies consider bombing the Nazi prison camp in an effort to save lives in the future.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    Bombing Auschwitz

    Tuesday
    Jan 31

    1 Hour

    Upon hearing the stories of two Jewish prisoners who escaped Auschwitz, the Allies consider bombing the Nazi prison camp in an effort to save lives in the future.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    Bombing Auschwitz

    Wednesday
    Feb 1

    1 Hour

    Upon hearing the stories of two Jewish prisoners who escaped Auschwitz, the Allies consider bombing the Nazi prison camp in an effort to save lives in the future.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    Bombing Auschwitz

    Wednesday
    Feb 1

    1 Hour

    Upon hearing the stories of two Jewish prisoners who escaped Auschwitz, the Allies consider bombing the Nazi prison camp in an effort to save lives in the future.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    King Arthur's Lost Kingdom

    Wednesday
    Feb 1

    1 Hour

    Archaeological evidence suggests that the legend of King Arthur began in a 5th-century trading village following the departure of the Romans.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    King Arthur's Lost Kingdom

    Wednesday
    Feb 1

    1 Hour

    Archaeological evidence suggests that the legend of King Arthur began in a 5th-century trading village following the departure of the Romans.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    King Arthur's Lost Kingdom

    Thursday
    Feb 2

    1 Hour

    Archaeological evidence suggests that the legend of King Arthur began in a 5th-century trading village following the departure of the Romans.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    King Arthur's Lost Kingdom

    Thursday
    Feb 2

    1 Hour

    Archaeological evidence suggests that the legend of King Arthur began in a 5th-century trading village following the departure of the Romans.
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    King Arthur's Lost Kingdom

    Sunday
    Feb 5

    1 Hour

    Archaeological evidence suggests that the legend of King Arthur began in a 5th-century trading village following the departure of the Romans.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    King Arthur's Lost Kingdom

    Sunday
    Feb 5

    1 Hour

    Archaeological evidence suggests that the legend of King Arthur began in a 5th-century trading village following the departure of the Romans.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    King Arthur's Lost Kingdom

    Tuesday
    Feb 7

    1 Hour

    Archaeological evidence suggests that the legend of King Arthur began in a 5th-century trading village following the departure of the Romans.
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    King Arthur's Lost Kingdom

    Wednesday
    Feb 8

    1 Hour

    Archaeological evidence suggests that the legend of King Arthur began in a 5th-century trading village following the departure of the Romans.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    King Arthur's Lost Kingdom

    Wednesday
    Feb 8

    1 Hour

    Archaeological evidence suggests that the legend of King Arthur began in a 5th-century trading village following the departure of the Romans.
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    The Woman in the Iron Coffin

    Wednesday
    Feb 8

    1 Hour

    Construction workers uncover the remains of a woman in an abandoned lot in Queens, N.Y., buried in an expensive iron coffin.
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    The Woman in the Iron Coffin

    Wednesday
    Feb 8

    1 Hour

    Construction workers uncover the remains of a woman in an abandoned lot in Queens, N.Y., buried in an expensive iron coffin.
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    The Woman in the Iron Coffin

    Thursday
    Feb 9

    1 Hour

    Construction workers uncover the remains of a woman in an abandoned lot in Queens, N.Y., buried in an expensive iron coffin.
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    Secrets of the Dead

    The Woman in the Iron Coffin

    Thursday
    Feb 9

    1 Hour

    Construction workers uncover the remains of a woman in an abandoned lot in Queens, N.Y., buried in an expensive iron coffin.

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