Simply the Best Documentaries

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Toxic Iraq
Lands of Gold
Peril and Promise
Expanding Universe
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 5
The Incredible Human Journey: Asia
Jupiter the Giant Planet
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 3
Touching the Void
Unexplained Mysteries
What Happened Before The Big Bang
Rome is Burning
Harmony of the Worlds
Einsteins Nightmare
Project Nim
Urban Jungles
Cooked: Water
The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System
The Insatiable Appetite
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
Are We All Bigots
The Birth of Israel
Art Rock
Flight of the Butterflies
The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth
Secrets of the Space Probes
A Passage to India
What is Life
1945 The Savage Peace
Chased by Sea Monsters 3of3
Is Anybody Out There
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
The Captains
The Farthest

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The Lost Pyramids of Caral
The Lost Pyramids of Caral 2002

The magnificent ancient city of pyramids at Caral in Peru is a thousand years older than the earliest known civilisation in the Americas and, at 2,627 BC, is as old as the pyramids of Egypt. Many now believe it is the fabled missing link of archaeology - a 'mother city'. If so, then these extraordinary findings could finally answer one of the great questions of archaeology: why did humans become civilised?" For over a century, archaeologists have been searching for what they call a mother city. Civilisation began in only six areas of the world: Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China, Peru and Central America. In each of these regions people moved from small family units to build cities of thousands of people. They crossed the historic divide, one of the great moments in human history. Why? To find the answer archaeologists needed to find a mother city - the first stage of city-building. Caral, is so much older than anything else in South America that it is a clear candidate to be the mother city. It also is in pristine condition. Nothing has been built on it at all. Instead laid out before the world is an elaborate complex of pyramids, temples, an amphitheatre and ordinary houses. Scientists developed a number of theories. Some said it was because of the development of trade, others that it was irrigation. Some even today believe it was all because of aliens. Gradually an uneasy consensus emerged. The key force common to all civilisations was warfare. Crucially, there is not the faintest trace of warfare at Caral; no battlements, no weapons, no mutilated bodies. Instead, Ruth's findings suggest it was a gentle society, built on commerce and pleasure. In one of the pyramids they uncovered beautiful flutes made from condor and pelican bones. They have also found evidence of a culture that took drugs and perhaps aphrodisiacs. Most stunning of all, they have found the remains of a baby, lovingly wrapped and buried with a precious necklace made of stone beads.

Category:History  Duration:49:00   

The life of Buddha
The life of Buddha 2003

Life of the Buddha is a major new landmark documentary following Buddha on his journey from the lap of luxury to the verge of starvation and final enlightenment. Shot on location in Nepal and India, Life of the Buddha uses dramatic computer-generated images and recent archaeological discoveries to piece together this remarkable story.

Category:History  Duration:50:00   

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: Son of God
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: Son of God 1997

In 335 BC Alexander of Macedonia set off on an expedition to conqueror the world. The voyage of Alexander the Great covered more than 22,000 miles in ten years, from Greece to India and back, through some of the most difficult and unforgiving terrain. Michael Wood was hot on his trail, following, as closely as possible, in the footsteps of Alexander and the army that he drove to achieve the impossible. In this programme: the Lebanese city of Tyre, scene of Alexander's most desperate battle; the Palestinian legend of `Two-Horned Alexander'; and the Egyptian oasis of Siwa, where Alexander was proclaimed pharaoh and son of God.

Category:History  Duration:58:00   Series: In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

The Story of India: Beginnings
The Story of India: Beginnings 2007

Through ancient manuscripts and oral tales Michael Wood charts the first human migrations out of Africa. He travels from the tropical backwaters of South India through lost ancient cities in Pakistan to the vibrant landscapes of the Ganges plain. In Turkmenistan dramatic archaeological discoveries cast new light on India’s past.

Category:History  Duration:59:02   Series: The Story of India

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