Ancient Discoveries

Season 1
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From brain surgery to computers, find out how ancient knowlegde influenced modern-day tech.
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Episodes (36)

  1. 1. Siege Of Troy
    January 23, 2007
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    Modern technology, archaeology, and engineering are used to uncover the real story behind the Siege of Troy, a legend steeped in mystery for thousands of years.
  2. 2. Cars & Planes
    January 30, 2007
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    Surprising archaeological finds lead historians to new conclusions about the underrated transportation technologies invented by ancient civilizations.
  3. 3. Machines Of The Gods
    February 6, 2007
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    Great scholars such as Philon, Ctesibius, and Heron are enlisted by temples to create "magic" through a heavy mix of religion and science.
  4. 4. Superships
    February 13, 2007
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    What do the recent discoveries of ancient ships say about the societies that created them and the techniques used in their construction?
  5. 5. Mega Machines
    February 20, 2007
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    The discovery of two massive limestone coffins weighing over 3 tons leads archaeologist Guy Sanders to investigate how they were transported.
  6. 6. Egyptian Warfare
    February 27, 2007
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    Though remembered mostly as a cultured civilization, new evidence reveals that Egypt invested heavily in war technology. Some of these weapons were brand-new inventions and were used in massive battles.
  7. 7. Chinese Warfare
    March 6, 2007
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    Many of the modern military innovations we take for granted all stem from ancient China. It was the Chinese who invented gunpowder.
  8. 8. Machines III
    March 27, 2007
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    Explore the remarkable stories behind China's invention of myriad ingenious devices, including cosmic machines, hydraulic hammers, and water-controlled clocks.
  9. 9. Robots
    April 17, 2007
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    Did the ancients actually use robotic devices? Temple doors, a girl servant, roaring lions, and singing birds are just a few of the devices we'll attempt to reconstruct.
  10. 10. Machines Of The East
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    April 24, 2007
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    Discover the ancient Islamic world's most influential engineer, a prolific writer and talented craftsman named Al-Jazari, as his most important inventions are recreated.
  11. 11. Ancient Super Navies
    February 4, 2008
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    Using the latest scientific techniques, our team of modelmakers, underwater detectives, and elite naval commandos investigate lethal weaponry of the past to solve the greatest mysteries of the ancient world's naval technology.
  12. 12. Impossible Naval Engineering
    October 30, 2008
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    There's little room for errors at sea. Relive the most extraordinary Naval ambitions of antiquity, from Nero's collapsible death yacht to Greek chemical bomb fire ships.
  13. 13. Ancient Super Ballistics
    February 11, 2008
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    The science and technology of ballistics dates back thousands of years to the ancient world. Using state-of-the-art forensic techniques, firearms experts reveal the power and range of ancient bullets, rockets, and bombs.
  14. 14. Ancient Death Machines
    February 25, 2008
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    From apocalyptic skyscraper siege machines to ancient landmines and flamethrowers, most of today's lethal weapons have origins in inventions driven by one purpose: war.
  15. 15. Ancient New York
    March 10, 2008
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    New York's towering skyline and world-leading technology have made it the ultimate city, yet breathtaking new discoveries reveal that the blueprints for this megametropolis were in fact laid thousands of years ago.
  16. 16. Death Weapons of the East
    October 23, 2008
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    Learn about deadly weapons such as the staff, ermei, and crossbow; find out if Chi warriors can really kill a man with a single touch; and investigate the ability of Eastern warriors to withstand pain.
  17. 17. Ancient Torture Tech
    November 13, 2008
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    Throughout history man has gone to great lengths to develop the technology of torture. Historians, doctors, model makers, and virtual reality artists reveal the startling torture technologies of the ancient world.
  18. 18. Ancient Tank Tech
    November 6, 2008
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    What exactly was the ancient weapon engineered to stop an onslaught of bullets, elephants, and cavalry? Watch as experts and archaeological digs reveal new evidence into this invention.
  19. 19. Ancient Mining Machines
    November 20, 2008
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    The Romans created a hydraulic mining system that blew millions of tons of material away. Ancient sappers dug under walls to bring a whole castle down. What technologies and techniques made these feats possible?
  20. 20. Impossible Army Machines
    December 1, 2008
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    Explore the ways in which the amazing successes and stunning failures of ancient military engineers have directly affected the weapons and tactics used by the armed forces today.
  21. 21. Lost Science of the Bible
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    December 15, 2008
    45min
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    Might the stories of the Bible have their basis in ancient scientific fact? Discover the tech of the sling that brought down Goliath, learn how fire can be created from water, and watch the Ark of the Covenant levitate.
  22. 22. Mega-Structures of the Deep
    January 28, 2008
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    Our modern landscapes are littered with the remains of ancient superstructures. Now, cutting-edge archaeology reveals that this century's most exciting discoveries might actually lie at the bottom of the ocean.
  23. 23. Airborne Assault
    November 5, 2009
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    Assault from the air didn't begin with the era of the airplane. Take a look back at early methods of airborne attack, from medieval kite bombs to ancient China's whistling arrows.
  24. 24. Ancient Chinese Super Ships
    March 3, 2008
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    Uncover the ingenuity of the ancient engineers of the Far East, whose innovations would take shipbuilding to new heights and create some of the largest and most fearsome navies of the ancient world.
  25. 25. Ancient Commandos
    December 18, 2009
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    Exactly as they do today, ancient commandos fought deep behind enemy lines in some of the harshest terrains know to man. Discover the secrets and triumphs of these daring and oft-outnumbered elite forces.
  26. 26. Ancient Mega-Fort
    December 4, 2009
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    Holding off invasion and protecting its people, ancient civilizations came up with creative, efficient, and effective means of self-protection and defense. Go behind some of history's most impregnable walls.
  27. 27. Ancient Record Breakers
    December 22, 2009
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    Amazingly, some world records that still stand today were set in the ancient world. Explore how changing measurements and values have made the ancient world's greatest wonders even more impressive with time.
  28. 28. Ancient Secret Agents
    December 12, 2009
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    Investigate the systems by which ancient intelligence services transmitted messages over thousands of miles and the ways in which they manipulated darts, poisons, and even explosives.
  29. 29. Ancient Special Forces
    December 18, 2009
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    Discover through epic experiments how the ancient Romans captured enemy ships from underwater; the secrets of the samurai sword; and how the Japanese protected galloping cavalrymen with thin layers of silk.
  30. 30. Gruesome Medicine
    December 18, 2009
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    Modern medicine it isn't, but at the time, it was the best that could be done - and perhaps it may have new applications in our world.
  31. 31. Guns n' Ammo
    November 12, 2009
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    Examine some of the strangest and deadliest weapons ever built. Hidden in an ancient manuscript lies a secret recipe for ancient tracer fire, but does it really work? Did a nine-barreled medieval volley gun mark the birth of the modern machine gun?
  32. 32. Mega Ocean Conquest
    December 22, 2009
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    Dive in to experiments and demonstrations of the ways in which ancient man pushed technological boundaries to the limit to conquer the depths of the oceans and defend the freedoms of the seas.
  33. 33. Riots and Revolution
    December 18, 2009
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    Track down the manual that explained Vietnamese military secrets, discover King Mithridates' "burning mud," and learn how the terrorist booby-traps and letter bombs of today were invented hundreds of years ago.
  34. 34. Rituals of Death
    December 22, 2009
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    Delve into the rituals and mysteries surrounding mummification, crucifixion, 15th-century forensic science, and China's famous terracotta army.
  35. 35. Secret Science of the Occult
    December 28, 2009
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    In Mexico, explorers use am ancient Mayan temple code to search for an occult underworld engineered in the depths of the earth; and in Greece, archaeologists solve the mystery of an eerie sanctuary of flying ghosts.
  36. 36. Twisted Weapons of the East
    December 18, 2009
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    Travel to the farthest corners of the ancient East to uncover weapons never before seen by the world at large, from the world's first unmanned weapon to a steel projectile that can sever limbs.

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