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Smithsonian Channel delves into the supernatural beliefs of ancient Britons in "Mystic Britain." In this documentary series, talk show host Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota travel across the United Kingdom exploring sacred belief, strange rituals and occult practices. They are joined by scientists, archaeologists and historians who look at the latest discoveries unearthing weird and wondrous truths about ancient sites, events and cultures. Anderson and Ochota's journeys include a visit to an ancient church, where the walls are scored with demonic symbols, Hadrian's Wall, a massive structure believed to have magical powers, the site of the Rollright Stones, where it is said that fairies dance on summer evenings, and a pit full of human bones showing signs of mutilation in a Yorkshire village.

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Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota explore the world of superstition and magic in the Middle Ages, when Brits believed witches and devils walked the Earth; Clive travels to a church where the walls are scored with demonic symbols.
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Clive Anderson uses his skills as a former barrister to investigate the many mysteries of Stonehenge and its origins.
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Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota don deer-skull headdresses, do some ancient DIY and try to commune with the old gods as they investigate Britain's Ice Age shamans.
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When a mass grave at Britain's biggest Iron Age hill fort reveals evidence of ritual human sacrifice, Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota confront a murder mystery.
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Mummification is usually associated with ancient Egyptians or Peruvians, but Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota discover that the practice reached Britain during the prehistoric Bronze Age.
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Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota take a whistle-stop tour through the last 11,000 years and review the remarkable mystic mysteries they've unraveled along the way.
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An unexpected discovery in a 1,400-year-old Anglo-Saxon burial chamber turns historians' views of the pagan world upside down.
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Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota Witness attempt to unravel a 600-year-old mystery involving a pit of human remains found in a medieval village in Yorkshire.
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A look at the Roman Empire's most impressive legacy in Britain: Hadrian's Wall, a massive physical structure thought to have magical powers.
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Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota visit the site of the 6,000-year-old Rollright Stones to find out who built them and why.

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