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Pompeii: The New Dig

Season 1
Landmark series following the biggest dig at Pompeii for a generation. Nearly two years in the making, with exclusive access to the excavation and the team of archaeologists and told through the stunning discoveries and stylized fresco-inspired animations, it imagines what life was like in Pompeii before the eruption and the horror faced by the residents as Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.
20243 episodes
TV-PG
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Episodes

  1. S1 E1 - The Bodies
    May 14, 2024
    54min
    TV-PG
    Told through the drama of the dig and stylized fresco-inspired animations, this episode imagines what life was like in Pompeii before the eruption, as well as the horror faced by the residents as Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. From the bodies of victims to workmen’s tools and a 2000-year-old fresco of a pizza, no one could have predicted what they find.
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  2. S1 E2 - Escape
    May 21, 2024
    53min
    TV-PG
    At Pompeii, a new excavation continues to unearth rich discoveries. Professor Steven Tuck of Miami University joins the team to look for those who might have escaped the city and investigates evidence that some have survived the eruption. Could his 'evidence from absence' theory show that many Pompeiians escaped the city in the early phase of the eruption?
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  3. S1 E3 - The Final Hours
    May 28, 2024
    54min
    TV-PG
    In Pompeii, the excavation of a wealthy villa, bakery and laundry reaches its climax. Chilling revelations about what people were doing in the final terrifying hours are revealed – including the discovery of a desperate, final attempt by occupants of the wealthy villa to appease the gods. As the eruption began to subside, were they over the worst?
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Audio languages
English
Subtitles
English [CC]
Directors
Elena Mortelliti
Producers
Richard BradleyIan A. HuntElena Mortelliti
Starring
Ria Lina
Studio
PBS
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