Ancient Discoveries
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Siege of Troy

Aired on Jan 23, 200744m

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.

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.

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Cars and Planes

Aired on Jan 30, 200744m

Surprising archaeological finds lead historians to new conclusions about the underrated transportation technologies invented by ancient civilizations.

Surprising archaeological finds lead historians to new conclusions about the underrated transportation technologies invented by ancient civilizations.

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Machines of the Gods

Aired on Feb 06, 200744m

Great scholars such as Philon, Ctesibius, and Heron are enlisted by temples to create "magic" through a heavy mix of religion and science.

Great scholars such as Philon, Ctesibius, and Heron are enlisted by temples to create "magic" through a heavy mix of religion and science.

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Superships

Aired on Feb 13, 200744m

What do the recent discoveries of ancient ships say about the societies that created them and the techniques used in their construction?

What do the recent discoveries of ancient ships say about the societies that created them and the techniques used in their construction?

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Mega Machines

Aired on Feb 20, 200745m

The discovery of two massive limestone coffins weighing over 3 tons leads archaeologist Guy Sanders to investigate how they were transported.

The discovery of two massive limestone coffins weighing over 3 tons leads archaeologist Guy Sanders to investigate how they were transported.

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Egyptian Warfare

Aired on Feb 27, 200744m

Though remembered mostly as a cultured civilization, new evidence reveals Egypt invested heavily in war technology. Some of these weapons were brand-new inventions and were used in massive battles.

Though remembered mostly as a cultured civilization, new evidence reveals Egypt invested heavily in war technology. Some of these weapons were brand-new inventions and were used in massive battles.

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Chinese Warfare

Aired on Mar 06, 200745m

Many modern military innovations stem from ancient China. From automated crossbows, siege machines, gunpowder and a rocket-powering substance, uncover the secrets of China's awe-inspiring weaponry.

Many modern military innovations stem from ancient China. From automated crossbows, siege machines, gunpowder and a rocket-powering substance, uncover the secrets of China's awe-inspiring weaponry.

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Machines III

Aired on Mar 27, 200745m

Explore the remarkable stories behind China's invention of myriad ingenious devices, including cosmic machines, hydraulic hammers, and water-controlled clocks.

Explore the remarkable stories behind China's invention of myriad ingenious devices, including cosmic machines, hydraulic hammers, and water-controlled clocks.

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Robots

Aired on Apr 17, 200745m

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.

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.

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Machines of the East

Aired on Apr 24, 200745m

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.

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.