Secrets of Archaeology

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season

Secrets of Archaeology is a television series produced by RAI television in Italy that explores the mysteries of ancient civilizations around the world. The series covers a wide range of topics, from the history of the Egyptian pyramids to the civilization of the Aztecs and the Roman Empire. The series is presented by archaeologists and historians, who use modern technology and state-of-the-art research techniques to uncover the secrets of the past.

Each episode of Secrets of Archaeology focuses on a different aspect of ancient culture, from the architecture and art to the religion and social customs. The show uses a combination of expert interviews, historical reenactments, and computer simulations to bring these past civilizations to life, and to illustrate the innovations and advancements that allowed these cultures to thrive.

One of the strengths of Secrets of Archaeology is its attention to detail. The show goes beyond just explaining the basics of these ancient cultures and instead delves deep into the individual lives of people who lived in these times. The viewer is taken on a journey that explores the daily routines, beliefs, and customs of these ancient cultures, giving a fresh perspective into what life would have been like in these times.

An example of this in the series is the episode on the Egyptian pyramids. While most people know the basics of the pyramids, such as who built them and why, Secrets of Archaeology offers a new look at the people involved in their construction. The show highlights the expertise of the builders, skilled workers, laborers, and even the quarry workers who provided the stone that was used to construct these ancient monuments. By doing this, the show offers a more comprehensive understanding of the pyramid-building process and an appreciation for the sheer scale and complexity of these ancient architectural wonders.

Another strength of Secrets of Archaeology is its ability to take a broad look at ancient cultures and connect them with modern-day events. The show explores how these ancient cultures have influenced contemporary society, such as how the architecture of the Roman Empire is still used in modern-day buildings or how the Greek language has impacted modern language systems.

The show also delves into the more mysterious and fascinating aspects of ancient civilization, such as its religion and mythology. Through their expert research, the archaeologists and historians behind the show provide a glimpse into the gods and goddesses worshipped by ancient peoples and the beliefs and rituals surrounding them. For example, the show explores the religious practices of the ancient Maya, including human sacrifice and bloodletting rituals.

Secrets of Archaeology is a fascinating series that explores the complexities and intricacies of ancient civilizations. Its attention to detail and expert knowledge make it a valuable resource for anyone interested in history and archaeology. Fans of the series will find themselves not only learning about the past but also gaining new perspectives on the present and future. Whether you are a student of history or simply a curious viewer, Secrets of Archaeology is a must-watch series that will take you on an unforgettable journey through the annals of time.

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The Civilization Of The Heroes (The Mycenaeans)
27. The Civilization Of The Heroes (The Mycenaeans)
January 1, 2014
A visit to the heart of the first great civilizations between the Euphrates and the Aegean Sea takes us to the pre-Hellenic cities and the legendary Babylonian city of Troy.
Ancient Itinerary In Ionia
26. Ancient Itinerary In Ionia
January 1, 2014
See the cities of Ionia on the coast of present day Turkey, and the islands in the eastern Mediterranean at the artistic and cultural height they reached during the 2nd Century BC.
Greek Legacy In The West (Sicily)
25. Greek Legacy In The West (Sicily)
January 1, 2014
Join Alexis, a Corinthian settler, on a tour of 4th Century BC Sicily, the "new Greece" of its day, and of cultural centers such as Syracuse, Agrigento and the exquisite Valley of the Temples.
Visit Of The Sanctuaries Of Apollo
24. Visit Of The Sanctuaries Of Apollo
January 1, 2014
Explore the most important archaeological sites connected to the worship of Apollo, including the temples at Delphi, Delos, and Didymi.
The Fabulous Centres Of Hellenism
23. The Fabulous Centres Of Hellenism
January 1, 2014
Spectacular virtual reconstruction takes us back to the 2nd Century B.C., where Greek and Eastern civilizations meet at Ephesus and Pergamum.
Secrets Of The Island Of Minos
22. Secrets Of The Island Of Minos
January 1, 2014
Akenat, an architect from 1500 BC gives a guided tour of archaeological sites at Akrotiri, Ay'a, Knosses, and more, culminating in a visit to the palace of Minos, with its legendary labyrinth.
Cities Of The Sea And Wind
21. Cities Of The Sea And Wind
January 1, 2014
Take a tour of Tripopolitania, a rich Roman province on the shores of the Mediterranean and visit the famous city of Oea, best known as Tripoli.
At The Court Of The King Of Kings
20. At The Court Of The King Of Kings
January 1, 2014
Tour the grand residences at Persepolis and the sumptuous imperial palaces of the powerful Darius I at the height of Persian civilization.
Roman Imprint On The West
19. Roman Imprint On The West
January 1, 2014
It is said that all roads led to Rome. Follow the itineraries which connected Rome to Iberia (Spain) and ancient Gaul (France) as a Celtic gladiator guides us through Nimes, Orange, Tarragona and more.
Retracing The Tracks Of Hannibal
18. Retracing The Tracks Of Hannibal
January 1, 2014
Visit the majestic ruins of the Roman republican period, following the path of the fearless General Hannibal, who led his army across the Alps to Italy on elephants.
Ancient Cities Bordering On Latium
17. Ancient Cities Bordering On Latium
January 1, 2014
Tour several ancient cities within the Roman territories of Latium and Umbria, including Alatri and Amelia, and take a virtual tour inside the home of a wealthy Roman citizen.
The Roman Empire In Africa
16. The Roman Empire In Africa
January 1, 2014
Visit the vast olive groves and wheat fields created by Roman war veterans in this arid climate as well as the amphitheatre at El-Djem.
Sailing with the Phoenicians
15. Sailing with the Phoenicians
January 1, 2014
Sail with a Phoenician captain to the ancient ports of the Mediterranean Byblos, Rhodes, Tharros, Motya, and the famous Roman naval base at Carthage.
The Ports Of The Desert
14. The Ports Of The Desert
January 1, 2014
Follow an ancient caravan route through lush oases across the Syrian desert, from Marib to the beautiful city of Palmyra.
Travels Through Greece
13. Travels Through Greece
January 1, 2014
Journey with a Roman senator through the artistic and cultural treasures of Greece; from the agora at Corinth, to the acoustically perfect Theatre at Epidaurus
The Forgotten Civilizations Of Anatolia
12. The Forgotten Civilizations Of Anatolia
January 1, 2014
Take a virtual tour of the splendid Greek cities of ancient Turkey, including Gordian, the domain of King Midas, and Hattusa, with its spectacular royal citadel.
The Lost Cities Of The Maya
11. The Lost Cities Of The Maya
January 1, 2014
Travel to the magnificent Mayan cities of Uxmal, Tulum, Chichen Itza and the capital Palenque, with its great pyramid built by master mathematicians.
The Roads To El Dorado
10. The Roads To El Dorado
January 1, 2014
Discover the splendor of the Incan empire's Curzo and Machu Picchu, which captured the imagination and greed of the Spanish conquistadors.
The Pyramids Of The Sun
9. The Pyramids Of The Sun
January 1, 2014
Witness the magic of the great temples and pyramids of Tenochtitlán, the capital of the ancient Aztecs, as it is unearthed beneath Mexico City.
Greek Cities In Italy
8. Greek Cities In Italy
January 1, 2014
Explore the virtual streets of the original Greek colonies of Italy, and experience the creation of the Magna Graecia.
Egypt According To Cleopatra
7. Egypt According To Cleopatra
January 1, 2014
Queen Cleopatra serves as our virtual tour guide through Egypt during the time of the Ptolemies, from the city of Alexandria to the isle of Philae.
The Cities Of The Pharaohs
6. The Cities Of The Pharaohs
January 1, 2014
Visit the sanctuaries of Karnak and Luxor, and explore the temples, residences, and shops of ancient cities such as Memphis and Thebes.
A Place Called Etruria
5. A Place Called Etruria
January 1, 2014
Journey to the ancient cities, Volterra, Populonia and Cervetari and see why Etruscan civilization was famous for its lavish wealth, fine ceramics and bustling trade.
Athens:  Western Splendor
4. Athens: Western Splendor
January 1, 2014
Discover why Athens was the preeminent city Golden Age of Greece on this virtual tour of the cradle of Western civilization.
Pyramids Designed For Eternity
3. Pyramids Designed For Eternity
January 1, 2014
Scientific structural theories are put to the test in this computerized recreation of the building of Khufu, the largest pyramid in the world.
Glorious Rome, Capital Of An Empire
2. Glorious Rome, Capital Of An Empire
January 1, 2014
Explore the architectural treasures of ancient Rome, the epicenter of the most powerful empire the world has ever known.
Pompeii: A City Rediscovered
1. Pompeii: A City Rediscovered
January 1, 2014
New excavations and computer reconstructions recreate the magnificent city and the cataclysmic eruption that silenced its inhabitants.
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    January 1, 2014