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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


 

21st Century Sex Slaves

Sex tourism may be one of Thailand’s most profitable industries. Many of the foreign men who enter the country as tourists come for sex ‘ the demand is high, and the market is massive. Servicing this demand are women trafficked from all over the world, including those lured to Thailand by a vicious Thai-Uzbek ring. Most Uzbek women who work in the industry come to Bangkok out of financial desperation; they believe they’ll get good jobs, but they end up as slaves. Now, a covert special forces unit and an international team of undercover investigators join to hunt down this notorious sex-trafficking ring. In order to infiltrate the ring, they’ll meet with confidential informants in seedy Bangkok neighbourhoods and wear hidden cameras to collect intel. It’s a dangerous mission ‘ with the sex-trafficking ring ready to kill to protect its business.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 1


 

Shark Kill Zone

Sharks may be at the top of the ocean food chain, but catching a meal isn’t always easy. Discover the surprisingly diverse ways sharks hunt and the solutions they’ve found to catching prey. Some wait in ambush, others slowly stalk their prey and still, others chase at high speed. Whatever the technique, all sharks are exquisitely designed for their specialized roles as ocean predators.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 1


 

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