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Lost Ships of Rome

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In 2009, a team of marine archaeologists carrying out a sonar survey of the seabed around the Italian island of Ventotene made an astonishing discovery. The wrecks of five ancient Roman ships were found in pristine condition. Remarkably, much of the cargo remained exactly as the ancient Roman crews had loaded it, suggesting that these […]

The World’s Biggest Bomb

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Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists embarked on a perilous race to see who could build and detonate the world’s largest bomb. The results exceeded all expectations about how big a bomb could be built. Initially, the Americans led the way, but then left the field clear for the Soviet Union to break […]

China’s Terracotta Warriors

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The life-sized terracotta warriors of China are known throughout the world. This clay army of 8,000 including infantry, archers, generals and cavalry was discovered by archaeologists in 1974 after farmers digging a well near the Chinese city of Xian unearthed pieces of clay sculpted in human form. An amazing archaeological find, the terracotta warriors date […]

China’s Terracotta Warriors

Production Biographies

Steve Talley – Producer Steve Talley’s experience in factual television extends over a wide range of historical, scientific and current affairs programming and includes experience filming on four continents from Armenia to Vietnam. With a keen interest in history, archaeology and religion, Steve has studied at Princeton and Harvard Universities and UCLA and has recently […]

Lost in the Amazon

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On April 20, 1925, Colonel Percy Fawcett, his elder son Jack Fawcett and Jack’s lifelong friend, Raleigh Rimmell, departed from Cuiabá, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, to find “Z” – Col. Fawcett’s name for what he believed to be an ancient city lost in the uncharted jungles of Brazil. The […]

Lost Ships of Rome

Program Transcript

Secrets of The Dead: Lost Ships of Rome Narrator: This is Ventotene—an Italian island with a mysterious past. Just off its shore lies a watery graveyard filled with the remains of ancient Roman ships. Now, a team of deep-sea explorers is setting out to uncover the mystery of these wrecks and why they were lost. […]

Slave Ship Mutiny

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When the Meermin set sail from Madagascar for South Africa on a hot summer’s day in 1766, the Dutch crew had no idea they were about to make history. The ship was filled to capacity with human cargo, slaves bound for hard labor building the Dutch East India Company’s colony at Cape Town. But the […]