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Investigating evidence that reveals the myths and mysteries behind ancient civilizations.

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aired 554 days ago
Stunning CGI animation and the latest archaeological investigations reveal how the most iconic buildings of the ancient worlds were built, stone by stone.

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From the Pyramids to the Parthenon and Big Ben in London, "Unearthed" helps answer questions and crack unsolved mysteries surrounding some of the greatest wonders of the ancient and modern world. CGI animation and other state-of-the-art technology breaks down how the iconic structures and monuments were designed, built, used and, in some cases, lost and rediscovered. The series attempts to show that the future of science is key to understanding the past, providing links to unravel some of the world's greatest mysteries.
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Cinematographer and noted Egyptologist Ramy Romany has produced, directed, filmed and been featured in more than 100 documentaries on ancient Egypt. That experience makes him the ideal host for this series, in which he investigates spellbinding secrets of fascinating burial sites, mass graves and ancient tombs around the world. Each episode finds Romany in the midst of legends, myths, curses and cover-ups, and he seeks to unravel the origin of each mummy and the life that once was. "Mummies Unwrapped" also introduces new theories about how ancient civilizations once lived and died, and shines a light on what, if any, mystical forces or supernatural phenomena may be at work.
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Some of the world's famous relics have secrets behind them that contribute to their complete stories. "Secrets" explores the mysteries relating to some of these historic landmarks to reveal the truths behind them. The latest research and forensic techniques are used to find out the stories behind the fabled cities, monuments and remnants featured on the show. Episodes include Egyptian historians on a mission to decode the mysteries of the Great Sphinx, archeologists unearthing secrets of Richard III, and an investigation into whether the bust of Nefertiti is real or a hoax.
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Documentary series investigating unsolved mysteries in history.
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History has identified the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism. Waldemar Januszczak disagrees. In this four-part series he argues that the Dark Ages were a time of great artistic achievement.
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This docuseries uses scientific breakthroughs and archaeological research to bring new perspectives to some of the most remarkable, but mysterious, religious locations. Each episode focuses on a site, exploring fundamental questions about the landmarks and the people who constructed them. Exploring the sites allows the show to provide insight into the ancient civilizations and how their practices and struggles are reflected in the shrines and temples they constructed. The sites featured include the rock-cut city of Petra and New Mexico's Chaco Canyon, which contains the remains of an ancient city.
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You're familiar with their names and many of their stories, but there's more to most historical figures than what's in the basic textbooks. "Mystery Files" has modern historians, scientists and scholars investigate ancient artifacts, documents and locations in search of answers to age-old questions about history. Episodes look for proof that explorer Marco Polo existed, an explanation for how Joan of Arc overcame hardships to become a legendary saint, details about Abraham Lincoln's dark past, and an end to the debate about English soldier T.E. Lawrence, the inspiration for the film "Lawrence of Arabia."