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Elizabeth I, The Virgin Queen

Join us as we dig up the clues, dissect the evidence and investigate the truth behind some of history’s greatest events… and prove the history books right – or wrong – once and for all.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2010

Episode: 1


 

Machu Picchu Decoded

It is the most famous archaeological ruin in the Western hemisphere, an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca – and yet it remains an enigma. Theories about its purpose had remained largely unchanged since its discovery; Hiram Bingham first provided one, nearly a century ago. But now, work by a new generation of archaeologists has proved Bingham wrong. Their recent finds – including skeletons at the site – are for the first time accurately decoding Machu Picchu, with new revelations about who built it, how, and why.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 1


 

Diving Into Noah’s Flood

Archaeologist Jeff Rose embarks on a journey to understand how the destructive forces of water might have inspired the biblical story of Noah’s Ark and the great flood. Dr. Rose believes that a massive flood once swallowed a landmass as big as Great Britain, created the Persian Gulf and sent tribes of Neolithic people into constant retreat from the ever-rising waters. Diving Into Noah’s Flood joins Dr. Rose as he uncovers the roots of this story in ancient Sumeria, dives to the bottom of the Persian Gulf to search for flooded settlements and ventures through war-torn Iraq to find evidence of a colossal flood.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 1


 

Devil’s Bible

At 165 pounds, and allegedly made from 160 calf skins, the Codex Gigas is the world’s largest medieval manuscript. Filled with exorcism spells and a large image of Satan himself, according to legend, the Bible sprang from a doomed monk’s pact with the devil. Now, Nat Geo follows a team of scientists as they embark on an unprecedented quest to unravel the secrets behind the book’s darkened pages and mysterious authorship. Using ultra-violet fluorescence imaging, handwriting analysis and a re-creation of the text, forensic document experts attempt to uncover the cryptic truth behind this ancient Devil’s Bible.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 1


 

Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan

Can technology solve an 800-year-old mystery and locate the tomb of the legendary warrior Genghis Khan? Journey to Mongolia’s “Forbidden Zone” with a team led by Explorer Albert Lin, who hopes to virtually “excavate” the tomb without moving a single rock using sophisticated ground penetrating imagery.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2011

Episode: 1


 

Finding the Lost Da Vinci

Could one of Leonardo da Vinci’s lost works of art be hidden between a wall of an ornate building and another masterpiece? It’s a captivating theory that has had one prominent scientist chasing a legend for more than 30 years. This is the exclusive behind-the-scenes story of the hunt for a priceless masterpiece that could lead to one of the greatest discoveries the art world has ever known.


Episode Length:00:45:00

Year: 2015

Episode: 1


 

Dawn of Humanity

Most fossil discoveries of human relatives consist of just a handful of bones. But down in this hidden chamber, the team uncovered an unprecedented trove—so far, over 1,500 bones—with the potential to rewrite the story of our origins. They may help fill in a crucial gap in the fossil record and tell us how Homo, the first member of the human family, emerged from ape-like ancestors like the famous Lucy. But how did hundreds of bones end up in the remote chamber? The experts are considering every mind-boggling possibility. Join NOVA on the treacherous descent into this cave of spectacular and enigmatic finds, and discover their startling implications for the saga of what made us human.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2015

Episode: 1


 

Guardians of Ancient Egypt

Over the last three years, a national revolution has plunged Egypt into chaos. Tourists have vanished, looters have plundered irreplaceable treasures and the country is fast running out of cash. Now, Egypt needs a new brand of heroes. Their task is to build the greatest museum on Earth, save the nation’s ancient heritage, bring visitors flooding back and breathe new life into the land of the pharaohs. This is the story of that battle – and the extraordinary band of men and women who are fighting it.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2016

Episode: 1


 

Cannibals of the Stone Age

Up to 1000 victims. Men, women, children, even unborn foetuses. Some scientists believe they were murdered, butchered like livestock, then cooked and cannibalised in sacrificial rites that drew participants from hundreds of miles away. 7000 years later, the extraordinary violence of this scene is sending shock waves across the centuries and calling into question everything we thought we knew about our civilisation and ourselves.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2010

Episode: 1


 

Saving Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid

The Step Pyramid of Saqqara, in the desert south of Cairo, is a keystone in the history of civilisation. But it is falling apart, ravaged by looters, earthquakes and the erosive force of 4600 years of time. For five years, a team of British and Egyptian experts have been urgently at work to rescue this prototype for all the Egyptian pyramids. Their efforts are focused on the sacred heart of the structure, the burial chamber of Pharaoh Djoser. The ceiling of the chamber is in imminent danger of collapse but progress is cautious and was completely brought to a halt by the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. Can the experts win the race to save the precious pyramid and preserve its secrets and treasures?


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 1


 

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