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Secrets of the Dead is part detective story, part true-life drama that unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events.[NOTE: Episodes shown only in the UK are listed in Season 0, first digit of episode number indicated UK series.]

Genres: Mystery | History
Station: PBS (US)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Running
Start: 2000-08-14

Secrets of the Dead Air Dates


S19E04 - Viking Warrior Queen Air Date: 08 July 2020 00:00 -

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In 1878, archaeologist Hjalmar Stolpe first uncovered a grave containing a large number of weapons and the skeletal remains of what seemed to be a great Viking warrior. For a century, people assumed the body was male until the 1970s when Berit Vilkans, a young researcher, observed the bones had female characteristics. In 2017, a team of Swedish geneticists proved through a DNA study that the great warrior wasn't a man but a woman. Join this team of archaeologists as they examine the DNA results and complete a field investigation of one of the most significant Viking graves ever found. They uncover the truth about the only archaeological discovery of a female Viking warrior and battle strategist known to date, rewriting our understanding of Viking society.


S19E05 - Abandoning The Titanic Air Date: 05 November 2020 03:00 -

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The sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, is one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. Mainstream retellings of the tragedy often overlook that the "unsinkable" Titanic was not alone when it sank. A mystery ship was spotted within view of the sinking ship. Instead of sailing closer to aid the drowning passengers, the mystery ship seemingly ignored a fusillade of rockets and signals and sailed away. American and British inquiries accused the SS Californian and its captain, Stanley Lord, of abandoning the Titanic. Decades later, the discovery of Titanic's wreck exonerated Lord and the Californian's role in the disaster, re-opening accounts that implicate another ship.

Join a team of investigators as they search for the identity of the mystery ship and her captain that turned away from the Titanic in its darkest hour, abandoning thousands of lives to the icy waters and their untimely demise.


S19E06 - Gangster's Gold Air Date: 19 November 2020 03:00 -

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It is widely believed that notorious Bronx-based gangster and bootlegger Dutch Schultz buried a fortune estimated to be worth more than $50 million somewhere in New York's Catskill Mountains before his death in 1935. Schultz was gunned down and died without revealing where the treasure was buried, spawning a mystery that has endured for nearly a century. Now, 85 years later, three groups of treasure hunters, armed with modern technology and decades worth of intensive research, race to uncover new leads in hopes of finding Schultz's missing treasure. Join them as they follow the trail of this unsolved mystery toward the discovery of a lifetime.

 


S20E01 - Magellan's Crossing Air Date: 21 October 2021 02:00 -

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Five hundred years ago, Portuguese captain Ferdinand Magellan and his crew set sail to gain control of the global spice trade. What resulted was the first circumnavigation of the earth, laying the groundwork for colonization and globalization still felt today. This new episode demonstrates humans' quest to understand the true dimensions of the planet while sailing to the Spice Islands of Indonesia.


S20E02 - Lady Sapiens Air Date: 28 October 2021 02:00 -

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New scientific investigations from across the globe help piece together the untold story of prehistoric women in this new documentary. The latest research separates fact from fiction and sheds new light on our ancient foremothers. For more than a century and a half, experts uncovered and analyzed ancient human remains to understand the story of the earliest Homo sapiens species but focused primarily on the male half of the species. Through advanced science, such as microtomography - using X-rays to recreate virtual 3D models - as well as comparing the body of a modern-day female javelin-thrower to an ancient female spear-thrower, Secrets of the Dead's revelations defy previous understanding of the power dynamics of ancient society.


S20E03 - The First Circle of Stonehenge Air Date: 04 November 2021 02:00 -

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A decade-long archaeological quest reveals that the oldest stones of Stonehenge originally belonged to a much earlier sacred site: a stone circle built on a rugged, remote hillside in West Wales. Using the latest tools of geotechnology, a dedicated team of archaeologists led by Professor Mike Parker Pearson (University College London) painstakingly searched for the evidence that would fill in a 400-year gap in our knowledge of the site's bluestones. Secrets of the Dead reveals the original stones of Europe's most iconic Neolithic monument had a previous life before they were moved almost 155 miles from Wales to Salisbury Plain.


S20E04 - Hindenburg's Fatal Flaws Air Date: 11 November 2021 03:00 -

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In 1937, the Hindenburg airship exploded into flames upon landing and 36 people were killed in the horrifying crash, shocking the world and sealing the fate of airship travel forever. For decades, the exact cause of the Hindenburg's crash has remained a mystery. Now, recently discovered letters, maintenance reports and company memos reveal the unfortunate errors that led to the disaster. More than 80 years later, experts suspect that, had critical construction flaws been fixed at the time, the airship might not have exploded.


S20E05 - A Samurai in the Vatican Air Date: 18 November 2021 03:00 -

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In 1613, feudal lord Date Masamune sent a Japanese diplomatic mission to Europe to negotiate with the Pope and the King of Spain in hopes opening a new trade route. Led by samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga and Franciscan monk Luis Sotelo, the expedition spent seven years traveling one-third of the globe. Discover the fate and legacy of these men caught up in the first stages of globalization and facing religious and political tensions.


S20E06 - The Caravaggio Heist Air Date: 25 November 2021 03:00 -

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In 1984, a Maltese national treasure went missing from the cathedral of St. John in Valletta - a masterpiece by the legendary Italian master Caravaggio. Two years of investigations across Europe led to nothing, but a strong-willed priest never gave up. Father Marius Zerafa, director of museums in Malta, managed to establish a channel of communication with the thieves and set off on a quest to recover the priceless painting. Despite not having the money to pay their ransom, he risked everything, putting his life on the line for the sake of a masterpiece.

Next Episode of Secrets of the Dead is

Season 20 / Episode 2 and airs on 28 October 2021 02:00

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