Wednesday, July 6 at 11:00 p.m.
Five thousand years ago, the Minoans, Europe’s first great civilization, flourished on the island of Crete. The sophisticated inhabitants, named after the legendary King Minos, were the first Europeans to use a written language and construct paved roads. They were an advanced society of highly cultivated artisans and skilled civic engineers. The Minoans were excellent ship builders and sailors, and their maritime empire was so vast, it rivaled that of the ancient Egyptians. They were an enigmatic people, worshiping snake priestesses and engaging in human sacrifice. Such practices gave rise to Greek myths about the Minotaur, a half-man half-bull who ate human flesh in his forbidding labyrinth. But inexplicably, at the height of their power, the Minoans were wiped from the pages of history –– until now.
Wednesday, July 13 at 11:00 p.m.
Blackbeard's Lost Ship
Off the coast of North Carolina, a group of marine archaeologists has discovered the remains of the Queen Anne's Revenge , the pirate Blackbeard's flagship. Their careful preservation and analysis of the remains - including cannons, guns, anchors, even gold - are helping to solve the biggest mystery about the infamous pirate's reign: Was the ship's sinking an accident or was the grounding a carefully laid plot by Blackbeard to double-cross his men and steal the treasure for himself? Three hundred years later, SECRETS OF THE DEAD reveals the true story.
Wednesday, July 20 at 11:00 p.m.
China's Terracotta Warriors
The extraordinary story of China’s 8,000 terracotta warriors begins two centuries before the birth of Christ. The first emperor of China was preparing an extravagant tomb for his journey into the afterlife — and decreed that he be protected forever by a monumental army. Since then no one has seen these ancient warriors in their original splendor, brightly painted and fully armed, ready to protect their Emperor for all eternity. Now this once mighty army will be returned to its former glory for the first time. Row upon row of life-size, lavishly painted warriors will rise from the dust of two millennia. Led by archaeologist Agnes Hsu, SECRETS OF THE DEAD shows that the Chinese may have Henry Ford beat by more than 2,000 years with their own assembly line used to produce the 8,000-strong Ghost Army.
Wednesday, July 27 at 11:00 p.m.
The Silver Pharaoh
On the brink of World War II, an excavation team led by French archaeologist Pierre Montet unearthed an intact royal burial chamber containing treasures that rival the riches found in Tutankhamun’s tomb almost two decades before. But while the Tut discovery created an international sensation, the opening of the tomb in Tanis made barely a ripple in a world focused on impending war. Now for the first time, we can examine this remarkable and long forgotten find. One of the most spectacular discoveries inside the crypt was the exquisite silver sarcophagus of Pharaoh Psusennes, and, up until now, an obscure ruler who governed Egypt more than 3000 years ago during one of its most difficult periods.
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