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Protecting Afghanistan's ancient Buddhist heritage

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PBS NewsHour
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Brent Huffman, the director behind the new documentary “Saving Mes Aynak,” tells the story of one of Afghanistan’s archaeological treasures and the threats it faces from a Chinese mining company. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


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Rise of the Black Pharaohs
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Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. This unlikely chapter of history has been buried by the Egyptians and was belittled by early archaeologists, who refused to believe that dark-skinned Africans could have risen so high. Continue


Resurrecting Richard III Preview

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Secrets of the Dead
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In 2011, a group of amateur historians made an incredible archaeological find: the bones of King Richard III, hunchbacked, with an arrow through the spine. Richard is thought of as the most evil king to have ruled England and also as a fearsome warrior, despite the extreme curvature of his spine. Now, scientists are testing the bones to find out more about the king. Continue


Carthage's Lost Warriors

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Secrets of the Dead
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In 146 BC, as the Romans conquered the vast Carthaginian Empire in North Africa, thousands of people fled their homeland. Now, science is suggesting some may have taken refuge thousands of miles away in South America. In addition to the scientific evidence, blonde, blue eyed indigenes suggest that contact with the West occurred long before Columbus arrived. Continue


Kuelap, the giant fortress built by the Chachapoya

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Secrets of the Dead
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Could the Celts and Carthaginians have made it as far Kuelap, the giant fortress built by the Chachapoya? Continue


The Hebrew Bible

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The Story of the Jews
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Simon Schama explores the origins of the Hebrew Bible, beginning with the emergence of the monotheistic Jewish God. Continue


TTC Extra: Women Priests?

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To The Contrary
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Newly restored ancient frescoes in The Catacomb of Priscilla purported to show female Catholic priests have reignited the debate around the role of women in the Church. PANELISTS: Rep. Donna Edwards, Kim Gandy, Darlene Kennedy, Rina Shah Continue


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Skeletons of the Sahara
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Travel to the Sahara with scientist Paul Sereno to excavate an ancient human cemetery. Continue


Holy Wars - Preview

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Life of Muhammad
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In part 2, review key events in Muhammad’s life, including the Night Journey to Jerusalem and departure from Mecca. 8/20/2013 Continue


Bones of the Buddha

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Secrets of the Dead
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The mystery surrounding the bones of the Buddha dates back more than 100 years ago, when colonial estate manager William Peppe and his workers began digging at a mysterious hill in Northern India. Continue


Emperor's Ghost Army

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NOVA
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Explore the buried clay warriors, chariots, and bronze weapons of China’s first emperor. Continue


Emperor's Ghost Army Preview

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NOVA
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Explore the buried clay warriors, chariots, and bronze weapons of China’s first emperor. Airing November 12, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS Continue


Autopsying a Roman Catacomb

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NOVA
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Did a lethal plague kill thousands in ancient Rome? Centuries-old DNA may hold the answer. Continue


The petroglyphs on Pedra do Ingá

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Secrets of the Dead
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Countless figures and symbols have been engraved into the monolith since the Itacoatiara culture existed in Rio Paraíba. At an early stage local archaeologists noticed that many of the petroglyphs on the Rock of the Ingá displayed similarities with writing from the Old World in classical times. Continue


Episode One: In the Beginning

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The Story of the Jews
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Prize-winning author and Emmy-Award winner Simon Schama explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. The story begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God. Continue


Civilization (Hour 2) - Preview

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Civilization: The West and the Rest with Niall Ferguson
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Examine the West’s rise to global dominance based on Niall Ferguson’s six principles of prosperity. Continue


Men & Aggression; The Cheneys & Gay Marriage; Child Brides

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To The Contrary
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Men & Aggression: New research suggests men are not more biologically inclined to violence than women. The Cheneys & Gay Marriage: Former VP Dick Cheney's daughters, Liz and Mary, publicly debate gay marriage. Behind the Headlines: Child Brides. How education can help stop girls from becoming married too early around the world. PANELISTS: Rep. Donna Edwards, Kim Gandy, Darlene Kennedy, Rina Shah Continue


Holy Peace - Preview

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Life of Muhammad
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Examine the evolution of important concepts, including the moral code known as Shari‘a and jihad. 8/20/2013 Continue


The Life of Muhammad - Preview

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Life of Muhammad
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Examine the world into which Muhammad was born, his marriage to Khadijah and his first revelations. 8/20/2013 Continue


Stills from Bones of the Buddha

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Secrets of the Dead
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See stills and images of individuals featured in Bones of the Buddha. Continue


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