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Alien From Earth
Use a map to locate where scientists found the Homo floresiensis skeletons

America's Stone Age Explorers
Have students research the Clovis-first theory. Ask students to share their knowledge about the questions central to the program -- Who were the first Americans? Where did they come from? How did they get to America?...

Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land
Ask students to imagine that they are living in 2055. If they were excavating an American dwelling unchanged from 2005, what types of objects would they be likely to find that might provide evidence about the culture of the time?...

Boldest Hoax, The
Have students research the time line of humans. Ask some students to research where Piltdown man was supposed to fit in...

Great Inca Rebellion, The
Make a time line of Inca civilization on the board. Have students research and plot when Inca civilization began, when it peaked, and when it fell...

Ice Mummies -- Frozen in Heaven
Ask students what rituals or ceremonies they or their families participate in or know about, and why these are performed...

Ice Mummies -- Return of the Iceman
To set the stage, ask students to locate the Altay Mountains on a map and to calculate the approximate year the Ice Maiden died...

Ice Mummies -- Siberian Ice Maiden
This program features a number of archeologists who study the Iceman. But what exactly do archeologists do?...

Lost King of the Maya
Copán is one of the most important archeological sites of Maya civilization. Using a world atlas, help students locate Copán...

Lost Roman Treasure
Help students locate Zeugma on a contemporary world map or globe...

Lost Treasures of Tibet
Assign groups to research the basic tenets of Buddhism such as: Who was Buddha? What do Buddhists believe?...

Lost Tribes of Israel
Discuss and record characteristics of a traditional Jewish belief system. Some of these include...

Mummy Who Would Be King, The
Rameses I ruled during the New Kingdom period (1550-1070 B.C.), a time of tremendous growth for the Egyptian empire...

Neanderthals on Trial
The illustration below left, published in 1909, represents one of the first depictions of Neanderthals. The photograph on the right represents a modern interpretation...

NOVA scienceNOW: Little People of Flores
Use a map to locate where scientists found the Homo floresiensis skeletons...

NOVA scienceNOW: Maya
Locate and research Mayan cities...

NOVA scienceNOW: Papyrus
Compare maps of modern and ancient Egypt...

Perfect Corpse, The
Have students share what they know about bogs from firsthand experiences or depictions on TV or in the movies. What do they think bogs are like?...

Pocahontas Revealed
Ask students to work in groups to make a time line of major events from the initial discovery of America by Paleo-Indians up until 1607...

Search for the Lost Cave People
The team investigating the Zoque ruins includes a variety of skilled professionals who interpret artifacts and make conjectures about the people who left them...

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Colosseum
The team of experts in each program attempts to re-create a model of a time-worn structure using as much of the knowledge, resources, and tools available to their ancient counterparts as possible...

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Inca
These programs, which focus on ancient technologies, provide an opportunity for students to reflect on the relationship between science and technology...

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Obelisk
The team of experts in each program attempts to re-create a model of a time-worn structure using as much of the knowledge, resources, and tools available to their ancient counterparts as possible...

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Stonehenge
These programs, which focus on ancient technologies, provide an opportunity for students to reflect on the relationship between science and technology...

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- China Bridge
The engineers and other experts featured in each program make many inferences about ancient building techniques. They base their inferences on a variety of sources...

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Easter Island
The experts use different types of models to plan their construction strategies. Have students keep track of each model as they watch...

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Medieval Siege
Each program's story is driven by the question, "How did they do that?" The engineers and archeologists have developed hypotheses to answer that question...

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Pharaoh's Obelisk
The ancient building methods shown in the programs depend on the use of simple machines, including levers, ramps, pulleys, and wheels...

Secrets of Lost Empires II -- Roman Bath
The engineers and other experts featured in each program make many inferences about ancient building techniques. They base their inferences on a variety of sources...

Sultan's Lost Treasure
Have the students locate China, the China Sea, Vietnam, Thailand, and Brunei on a world map or globe and trace possible trade routes among the countries...

Treasures of the Sunken City
Archeology teams often locate, identify, catalog, and map the artifacts they find. Have students generate a list of skills that team members should possess to be on a team like this...

Warriors of the Amazon
Have students locate the Amazon rain forest on a map of South America. Explain that they are about to watch a program about a group of people -- the Yanomami...

World in the Balance
Ask students to estimate how many people live in the United States (about 290 million)...

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