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Secrets of the Dead

Scientists seek to uncover celebrated mysteries of the past in this occasional British series.

Premiered: May 15, 2000

Rating: TV-PG

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The Lost Gardens of Babylon
54:41 — 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
Who Built Hanging Gardens of Babylon?
03:12 — 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 Babyl (more…)
Archimedes' Screw & The Date Tree of Babylon
02:08 — Archimedes of Syracuse is known for inventing a device that efficiently raised water for irrigation. Dr. Stephanie Dalley translated a cuneiform text (more…)
Dr. Livingstone Discovers & Names Victoria Falls
02:00 — Livingstone charted large parts of the continent previously unseen by European eyes. Where there was once a blank space, he filled in the map of Afric (more…)

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  • Premiered: May 15, 2000
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Scientists seek to uncover celebrated mysteries of the past in this occasional British series. (more)

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