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Decoding the Past is an investigative documentary series that takes an in depth look at some of the most mysterious documents in history and explores the potential for paranormal phenomenon surrounding them. The series takes the opinions and analysis of various experts as it seeks to examine a variety of well-known and not so well known works and exposes them to scrutiny that could reveal keys to future events. Every poignant episode explores some new territory concern various historical artifacts and asks tough questions that only real experts are able to answer and often uncovers even more mystery surrounding them.

A&E
1 Season, 11 Episodes
July 23, 2009
History
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  • For centuries the Shroud of Turin has been a touchstone of faith for millions. Many believe it is the primary evidence of the way Jesus Christ died on the cross.

  • Today, the sorcerer's stone is seen as fiction off the pages of Harry Potter, but in the Middle Ages the quest for the sorcerer's stone was second only to that of the Holy Grail.

  • They are an everyday object used for gambling and game playing the world over.

  • The study of Kabbalah has become a multimillion-dollar celebrity endorsed empire, however historians and religious scholars argue that the Kabbalah of Hollywood's elite is a pale imitation of the centuries-old mystical practice.

  • The biblical Garden of Eden was taken away from man because of his sins.

  • The world is coming to an end on December 21, 2012! The ancient Maya made this stunning prediction more than 2,000 years ago.

  • The fascinating story of Johann Konrad Dipple, a brilliant scientist caught up in the dark world of alchemy and body snatching.

  • Explore with us the wonders and mysteries of the Black Holes in our universe. Is it possible that areas on earth might, in fact, show black hole like tendencies?

  • There are prophecies and oracles from around the world that all seem to point to December 21, 2012 as doomsday.

  • From the bizarre prophecies of Charles Manson to the desperate paranoia of Jim Jones, cult leaders draw us into worlds of power, paranoia, and death.

  • The legend of The Bermuda Triangle is filled with strange stories of boats and planes that vanish, never to be found.

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