The Great Wall of China is mankind’s ultimate creation, but it is far more than bricks and mortar. It has guarded its secrets for over 2,800 years – no one knows how long it is, who built it, or why it evolved.
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By Planet Knowledge — 1 year ago
Tony takes on a tough four day trek through the Kintail region of the west Scottish highlands to discover the story of the Jacobite Uprisings of the early 1700’s.
On three occasions, Highland armies assisted by the French and the Spanish, attempted to overthrow the King and put a Stuart back on the throne.
What made the Highlands such a breeding ground for revolution and how did the unique character of this landscape shape the character of the Highlanders?
Tony’s journey of discovery starts in Sheil Bridge, at the mouth of Glen Shiel, where he heads to the site of the earliest known dwellings here, the ‘skyscrapers’ of the Iron Age.
On to the village of Glenelg with its fantastic views over the Sound of Sleat to Skye……and the hulking remains of a British barracks built by George 1st 200 years ago to pacify and terrify the locals.
Via the town of Kyle of Lochalsh, he reaches the stunning Eilean Donan Castle. Now rebuilt, it had been destroyed after the invading Spanish troops landed here – and were attacked by British warships.
Finally he heads up the awe-inspiring Glen Shiel to the site of the climactic Battle where royalist troops faced off against the rebels.
Episode Length: 01:00:00
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By Planet Knowledge — 5 months ago
The early years of Maya history had long been dismissed as a primitive era, lost in myth, before the Maya’s rise to greatness. Now, with support from National Geographic and astounding discoveries by experts in the field – several never documented on television until now – that idea is being turned on its head. Exciting excavations reveal a sophisticated Pre-classic Maya world thriving up to 2,000 years before Spanish conquistadores landed on American shores.
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