From Cleopatra to Roosevelt – History’s Famous Romantics

From Cleopatra to Roosevelt – History’s Famous Romantics

Though it is often forgotten in the shuffle of modern consumerism, Valentine’s Day gets its name from Saint Valentine, an early priest who lived in Rome during the 3rd century A.D. in the days of Emperor Claudius II. During his reign, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome in an effort to keep Roman men focused on war, […]

A Letter from an Alcatraz Inmate May Give Insight to 1962 Escape

A Letter from an Alcatraz Inmate May Give Insight to 1962 Escape

On June 11, 1962, three prisoners at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary escaped. Using an elaborate strategy that involved squeezing through a cement wall, climbing through pipes and vents, and building a raft made from four dozen raincoats, Frank Morris, and brothers John and Clarence Anglin escaped from Alcatraz and disappeared into the San Francisco Bay. Their […]

Scanning the Pyramids Experts Answer Your Questions on Reddit

Scanning the Pyramids Experts Answer Your Questions on Reddit

Dr. Peter Der Manuelian, Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology; Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum, and Mehdi Tayoubi, President and Co-Founder of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute and ScanPyramids answer your questions on the voids inside the Great Pyramid. Prepare your questions and log on to r/history for Secrets of The Dead and ScanPyramid’s Reddit […]

Uncovering the Secrets of Spanish Florida

Uncovering the Secrets of Spanish Florida

    Historian Michael Francis’s journey through the documents at Archivo General de Indias Secrets of Spanish Florida premieres Tuesday, December 26 at 9/8c. December 21, 2017 It is still dark when Spain’s Archivo General de Indias opens its doors in late December. At this time of the year, morning temperatures in Seville can be […]

A City Born in Storm, Shipwreck, and Slaughter

A City Born in Storm, Shipwreck, and Slaughter

By Chuck Meide Director, St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program Nearly 50 years before Jamestown, St. Augustine was founded in 1565. Secrets of Spanish Florida (premiering Tuesday, December 26 at 9/8c) reveals the forgotten history behind America’s true first permanent European settlement. In this original post for Secrets of the Dead, Archaeologist Chuck Meide provides some historical insight to St. […]

Russia’s Ban from the 2018 Winter Olympics Shares Similarities to Olympic Doping Scandals of the 1970s

Russia’s Ban from the 2018 Winter Olympics Shares Similarities to Olympic Doping Scandals of the 1970s

Last week, Olympic officials announced that Russia will be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The announcement came after a lengthy investigation into Russia’s state-sponsored doping program. The Olympic committee announced that though Russia’s flag will not be flown at the opening ceremonies, athletes from the country who undergo extensive […]

Mummy Week streaming schedule

Mummy Week streaming schedule

In celebration of Halloween, we're re-releasing the most famous mummies (and mysteriously missing mummies) in history from Secrets of the Dead for all to see. Watch between October 27 and November 5, when they return to the PBS members' vault!

On PBS’ Secrets of the Dead: ‘Resurrecting Richard III’

On PBS’ Secrets of the Dead: ‘Resurrecting Richard III’

By Dominic Smee Interesting fact. The American version of the documentary produced for Channel 4 is actually the “director’s cut” and a whole ten minutes longer, despite having nearly 100 hours of footage on the cutting room floor! So not only did you get to see the program as the Director intended, but also you […]

The Mystery of Van Gogh’s Ear

The Mystery of Van Gogh’s Ear

By Bernadette Murphy Since I made the TV program “Van Gogh’s Ear” for SECRETS OF THE DEAD, my life has changed pretty much completely. I’ve given public talks at many museums and institutions—the National Gallery in London, for example—been invited to speak at major literary festivals, received a letter from the Van Gogh descendants congratulating […]