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  • Secrets in the Dust: Persia: Legacy of the Flames

    In 1923 Ernst Herzfeld was the greatest living scholar of the Persian Empire, that ruled in the Middle East from 612BC until it was defeated by Alexander the Great in 330BC. That year Herzfeld set out on his last major expedition. It would last more than 10 years. It would make crucial discoverie...

  • Secrets in the Dust: Hunting for the Ice Age

    Alfred Rust was a humble electrician in 1920s Germany when he first discovered ice-age tools in a swamp near Hamburg. At that time no-one believed that ice-age man could have survived this far north. No scholar would take this amateur’s views seriously, so in 1930 he set off on a 3,000km bicycle ...

  • Secrets in the Dust: Etruscan's Glory before Rome

    It took an Italian doctor in the 1870s to discover the legendary 12th City of the Etruscans, the mysterious people the Romans tried to write out of history, because they were jealous of this superior civilization that they had thrust aside.
    It was a chance find of a coin in a field that led Isod...

  • How Britain Bridges The World

    Throughout history Britain’s bridge builders have stood out from the rest of the world. From Thomas Telford to Lord Norman Foster, designers and engineers have been, and still are, the best. This insightful documentary explores some of the most iconic structures built by Britain’s best. Featuring...

  • Secrets in the Dust: Aztecs, Sacrifice and Science

    Luckily for him, Eduard Seler had a weak constitution; in 1882 he met and married his doctor’s daughter. Caecilie’s energy and curiosity complemented Eduard’s intellectual passion and capacity for hard, detailed work, and together they left Berlin for Mexico to decipher the codices of the Aztecs....

  • Secrets in the Dust: A Dive into History

    Alfred Merlin was digging for Roman remains in Tunisia in 1907 when sponge-divers identified mysterious remains – stone columns, just off-shore in the Mediterranean. Was this the legendary lost city of Atlantis? But when beautifully-crafted Roman works of art were salvaged from the site Merlin, c...