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.
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. Ancient Super Navies
February 4, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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. Mega-Structures of the Deep
January 28, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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