Included: an apparatus for the bastinado, or foot-whipping torture; the Victorian treadmill, an archaic device used in English prisons that is a giant wheel convicts had to turn with their feet six hours a day. Also: a segment on the wheel.
Included: an ancient spear-thrower that supposedly enabled the spear to pierce armor; the Branks, a 17th-century muzzling device to punish women; the Brazen Bull execution device used in Ancient Greece. Also: a segment on the pillory, involving volunteer citizens from Columbus, Ohio.
Military tactics and technology over the past 2000 years are explored. Included: missile-launching strategies; 17th-century disciplinary measures in the British navy; and a human-knotting experiment tested during the Vietnam War.
In the opener of this series in which ancient inventions are re-created and tested, the team from the Scarefactory in Columbus, Ohio, tackles inventions from the Middle Ages, including the Iron Maiden and Chinese Fire Arrows.
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Premiered: June 15, 2008
Premise: Ancient inventions are re-created and tested by craftsmen.