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Archaeology: A Secret History

Season 1
What connects all humans, from ancient times to today, is a fundamental need to make sense of our past. In three fascinating films, set against the greatest tipping points in history, archaeologist Richard Miles travels through the ages and across the globe. From sweltering jungles in Mexico to peat bogs in Scandinavia, he digs deep into ancient secrets to unearth some spectacular surprises.
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  1. S1 E1 - In the Beginning
    April 29, 2013
    If you don’t think history is a dangerous business, think again. Archeologist Richard Miles battles heat, ticks and leeches in search of ancient secrets in this captivating series. The first instalment takes us back to archeology’s surprising roots – and a hunt for a biblical secret which had serious consequences for the experts involved.
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  2. S1 E2 - The Search for Civilisation
    May 6, 2013
    The 18th and 19th centuries saw empire-building on an astonishing scale. Nations were on the move: trading, expanding and jostling for domination. But it wasn’t just the glorious present that occupied them, it was the past, too. Archaeologist Richard Miles reveals how the discoveries of this time overturned ideas of when and where civilization began as empires competed to literally ‘own’ the past.
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  3. S1 E3 - The Power of the Past
    May 13, 2013
    The study of history is a search for ourselves. In the final instalment of this fascinating exploration, archeologist Richard Miles charts how our hunt for historical truth has changed focus – from a preoccupation with kings and ancient civilizations to… the common man and woman, like us. As ever, science and competing political ideologies are at play in this captivating conclusion to the series.
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Cameron BalbirnieEamon Hardy
Richard Miles
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