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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


Resurrecting Richard III

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Secrets of the Dead
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Find out what the bones of King Richard III reveal about his fitness for battle. When a group of amateur historians set out to find the bones of Richard III under a parking lot in England, everyone thought they were mad. Until, a skeleton - hunchbacked and with an arrow in its spine - emerged. Continue


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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


Archimedes' Screw & The Date Tree of Babylon

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Secrets of the Dead
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Archimedes of Syracuse is known for inventing a device that efficiently raised water for irrigation. Dr. Stephanie Dalley translated a cuneiform text from of the Assyrian king Sennacherib which led her to believe the Hanging Gardens of Babylon made use of a comparable device approximately 350 years before the time of Archimedes. Continue


The Lost Gardens of Babylon: Preview

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Secrets of the Dead
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This film examines a world wonder so elusive that most people have decided it must be mythical. Centuries of digging have turned up nothing — but the searchers were digging in the wrong place. Now, this film proves that the spectacular Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist, shows where they were, what they looked like and how they were constructed. Continue


The petroglyphs on Pedra do Ingá

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


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 2: Your Inner Reptile - Preview

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Your Inner Fish
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"Your Inner Reptile" traces our hair, skin, teeth, jaws and sense of hearing back to reptilian ancestors — from ferocious beasts that ruled the Earth to a little shrew-like animal that lived 195 million years ago. Continue


Episode 3: Your Inner Monkey Preview

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Your Inner Fish
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"Your Inner Monkey" tracks our hands, feet, color vision, spine and upright gait to our primate and hominid progenitors, who also passed on perhaps the most important legacy of all: a path to the human brain. Continue


Large Pit House

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Time Team America
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Time Team America travels to Southern Colorado in search of the Lost Pueblo Village. Get a glimpse inside what would have been the largest known pit house on the Dillard site 1400 years ago. Continue


Bones of the Buddha

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


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


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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


Preserving the ancient ruins of Utah's Nine Mile Canyon

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Archaeologist Jerry Spangler brought PBS NewsHour’s Jeff Brown into Utah's Nine Mile Canyon for a first hand look at the ancient ruins there. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


The Lost Gardens of Babylon

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


Secrets of the Dead Uncovers Clues to the Site of the Most Elusive of the Ancient Wonders of the World, in The Lost Gardens of Babylon Continue


Who Built Hanging Gardens of Babylon?

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


Dr. Stephanie Dalley, an expert on the ancient cuneiform texts, is one of a handful of people who can read this language which dates back to the Babylonian era. Her translation of the cuneiform on a prism at the British Museum, leads her to an intriguing theory about the location, builder, and look of the Hanging Garden. Continue


Carthage's Lost Warriors

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


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
PBS


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


Your Inner Fish - Preview

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Your Inner Fish
PBS


Paleobiologist Neil Shubin uncovers the answers in this new look at human evolution. Using fossils, embryos and genes, he reveals how our bodies are the legacy of ancient fish, reptiles and primates — the ancestors you never knew were in your family tree. 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
PBS


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


Ultimate Tut

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


The documentary answers the persisting questions surrounding Tutankhamun: who was he; how did he die; why was his tomb found intact; and what makes his mummy unique? Continue


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