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In this documentary series, archaeologists and historians travel around the world to investigate ancient objects, constructions, and sites that might hold clues that will enrich our understanding of how human civilization developed. The series airs on the Smithsonian channel.

Smithsonian Channel
6 Seasons, 38 Episodes
August 4, 2013
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  • In 2006, a construction team in Italy stumbled upon an isolated skeleton from a Roman-era burial. Experts believed it was the remains of a crucified man. If so, the skeleton would only be the second example found of crucifixion in Roman times. Could this be the key that unlocks one of the Bible's secrets regarding the death of Jesus? Join us as we use modern technology to examine this rare archaeological find, learn more about this barbaric form of execution, and gain new insights into the most famous crucifixion of them all.

  • Ancient records marked a modest Tunisian coastal town as the location of a one-time thriving Roman metropolis called Neapolis, but for centuries there was little archaeological evidence to support such a claim. That all changed when a massive storm exposed the ruins of ancient streets and buildings beneath in the Mediterranean Sea. Join a team of scientists as they investigate the submerged city in hopes of revealing new secrets about the rise and fall of the world's greatest empire.

  • The ancient Roman city of Pompeii is best known for the volcanic eruption that both buried and preserved it. Now, experts are reexamining a 2,000-year-old crime scene that suggests this was a city where the fear of death loomed long before Mount Vesuvius covered it in ash. Delve into a world of lawlessness, political intrigue, and underworld godfathers.

  • It's a gruesome mass murder no one knew about until a 2011 excavation revealed the sinister secret. Discover the story of a pre-Viking warrior tribe that was massacred in Swedish ringfort Sandby Borg and left to rot where they fell. Follow investigators as they piece together what happened 1,500 years ago, using cutting-edge modern forensic analysis. It's a tale of betrayal and power struggles that has haunted the island of Oland for centuries.

  • For centuries, treasure hunters have searched for King Solomon's mines.

  • In 2011, archaeologists in the Valley of the Kings discover a sealed entrance to a previously undiscovered tomb

  • In March 2017, construction work in Cairo's urban outskirts is called to a halt, as the colossal stone head of an ancient pharaoh is uncovered by a forklift. The "Pharaoh in a Slum" makes international headlines, but the real news is that the massive statue represents a ruler lost to history. Researchers combine hieroglyphic research and ancient documents to put together the real story of this "Lost Pharaoh" who brought Egypt back from the brink of collapse and ushered in an artistic renaissance

  • Evidence found in a demolished shrine suggests that the biblical tale of Jonah and the Whale may be based on fact.

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