Archaeology & Ancient History

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Women who made History | Episode 1 | Cleopatra

49m 14s

She commanded armies and built warships. She was ruthless with rivals and quick to eliminate traitors. She spoke at least nine languages, received diplomats and negotiated with kings. But the last woman to rule Egypt is a legend today because of her powers of seduction. Her story has provided material for countless novels and films, and the myth of Cleopatra lives on, her appearance fused with that of Elizabeth Taylor in the epic 1963 film.

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The Golden Age of Castles

1h 02m

For nearly five centuries, castles were at the heart of a society based on ties of vassalage, bringing together political, administrative, judicial and economic functions in addition to defending a territory.This film traces the golden age of castles through the construction of the castle of Guédelon, 3D modeling and the meticulous reconstruction of the life of a seigniorial family in the twelfth or thirteenth century.

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The Triunfante: Discovering an 18th century Warship

52m 41s

What’s the process of retrieving a sunken ship and preparing it for display in a museum? How do archaeologists work underwater? One of the biggest wrecks ever discovered in Spain was the ‘Triunfante’, sunk during a French siege in 1795. We follow the process from its discovery to its display in a museum and learn what makes this ship so special.

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The Lord of Sipán

51m 52s

This documentary deals with the Moche culture, which developed on the northern coast of Peru, between 100 BC and 600 AC. It is a fairly unknown culture that disappeared after reaching its peak. A Great Lord who governed and was buried with great honors, so that his message would endure in time, and a man, an archaeologist named Walter Alva, who rescued him from his tomb to fulfill his plan of the past. Today, everyone has heard of the Moches, thanks to the last discoveries.

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The Glorious Story of Castles

53m 58s

Suffused with mystery and grandeur, castles testify to medieval civilization and enfold a complex reality.Travelling from castle to castle, from the borders of Spain to the mountains of Switzerland, from the moorland of Scotland to the banks of the Dordogne, and thanks to 3D modeling, this film traces a thousand years of medieval military construction.

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The Lady of Cao

51m 47s

The Lady of Cao is the first female ruler of pre-Columbian Peru to be discovered. She is believed to have governed in the Chicama valley, very close to the city of Trujillo, about 1700 years ago. The discovery of her tomb in 2006 was a major breakthrough in all previous theories about the Moche civilization. Through historical recreations, we will learn how the Moche society of the area was like and the importance of this mysterious tattooed mommy in her times.

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Viking women - Part 1 - Sigrun's wrath and the Discovery of Iceland

52m 00s

Norway in the year 872. Sigrun could be a happy woman. As husfreya (housewife) she presides over an impressive Viking household on the coast, she has lots of children, her husband Ulf commands his own ship. Yet Sigrun’s marriage is an unhappy one. The family is burdened by a dark secret: her husband stole her away from her home settlement during a raid when she was a young girl, killing her father and brother.

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Viking Women - Part 2 - Jovas Heritage and the Downfall of Haithabu

52m 07s

Denmark in the year 1064. Jova lives as a servant in the household of the merchant Ottar, who runs his business in the town of Haithabu. One day she finds out that her father was a renowned warrior who set out to the east shortly after her birth and didn’t come back. From then on Jova only has one thing on her mind: finding her father.

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Ancient Grains - Buckwheat

24m 39s

When you open your pantry, do images of the rugged mountains of South America, the colorful tablelands of Africa and the fertile river valleys of the Middle East dance before your eyes? If not, you have yet to discover amaranth, quinoa, spelt, kamut and teff, the quintet of nutritional powerhouses known as the ancient grains. The legends behind their origins many millennia past, their loss over time and their ultimate modern revival - literally tell the story of civilization.

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Maritime Fortresses, the Last Defense Walls

55m 16s

They stand watch along the French coast like guardians of the seas from an ancient time. Like the castles that punctuate the territory, the naval forts are the clearly visible vestiges of a time when France had to protect itself from foreign invasions...

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HMS Victory - The Nations Flagship

53m 16s

On 7 May 1765 the HMS Victory was floated out of Chatham’s Royal Dockyard. She would become the most famous ships in the British Royal Navy and achieve everlasting fame as the flagship of Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson in Britain’s greatest ever naval victory, the defeat of the French and Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar.

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Ancient Angkor

54m 42s

Deep in the jungles and rice fields of Cambodia this center of culture, religion and power remained hidden for nearly 1,000 years. Now, many of Angkor’s secrets are being revealed to us by extraordinary new scientific applications. Angkor is also designated the largest continually functioning religious complex in the world.

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Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries - Episode 7 : Ancient Megastructures

25m 54s

An immersion in the world of unresolved secrets, the world of mysterious phenomena and circumstances with countless attempts to remove the veil of mystery. People without Identities, Mysterious Works of Art, Nature’s Magic, unsolved disappearances, medical mysteries – these subjects and more are uncovered in this great countdown series.

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Cromwell's Head

1h 06m

The story of Oliver Cromwell's head is perhaps the most bizarre, yet least well known, of all tales from English history. From regal burial, to exhumation and decapitation, this relic of our only non-royal ruler has travelled a most peculiar path.

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In Search Of The Viking Horse

51m 09s

The programme will provide a rich mythological and historical background to this unique breed of horse. As well as covering the Landsmot festival, the film will trace the ancestry of the breed, which has been kept pure by the banning of all imported horses.

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Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries - Episode 11 : Relics of the Saint

25m 57s

An immersion in the world of unresolved secrets, the world of mysterious phenomena and circumstances with countless attempts to remove the veil of mystery. People without Identities, Mysterious Works of Art, Nature’s Magic, unsolved disappearances, medical mysteries – these subjects and more are uncovered in this great countdown series.

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