Secrets of the Dead

Part detective story, part true-life drama, SECRETS OF THE DEAD unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events. Using the most up-to-date science in the laboratory and in the field, scientists and researchers examine the missing pieces of each puzzle, completing the picture of what had been merely an assemblage of suppositions.


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Secrets of the Dead By Episode

  • Mumbai Massacre (#903)

    Discover how social media became a silent witness and transformed news as it happened in the November 2008 Mumbai bombings.

  • Ben Franklin's Bones (#1401)

    When human bones were found in the basement of Benjamin Franklin's London home, people wondered if he had a dark side.

  • The Real Trojan Horse (#1402)

    Discover new archeological evidence that suggests Troy and the Trojan War may be more than myth.

  • Vampire Legend (#1501)

    Follow scientists as they uncover "deviant" burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves.

  • Jamestown's Dark Winter (#1403)

    Follow forensic anthropologists as they excavate the early American colony and uncover dark secrets.

  • Cleopatra's Lost Tomb (#1502)

    Learn about the legendary queen Cleopatra, who ruled the Egyptian empire.

  • The Alcatraz Escape (#1503)

    The three convicts who escaped Alcatraz in rafts in 1962 were swept out to sea and drowned, according to conventional wisdom.

  • Teotihuacan's Lost Kings (#1504)

    Follow a team of scientists exploring royal tombs beneath the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan.

  • Graveyard of the Giant Beasts (#1505)

    Follow scientists who are trying to determine if Titanoboa, a 43-foot snake, or a giant crocodilian was the apex predator in Cerrejon, Northern Colombia, 58 million years ago.

  • After Stonehenge (#1601)

    Explore the remains of a 3,000-year-old English settlement that's shedding new light on the ancient history of the western world.

  • Van Gogh's Ear (#1602)

    The night when Vincent van Gogh cut his own ear defines his turbulent life and art.

  • Nero's Sunken City (#1603)

    Baiae... An escape for ancient Rome's powerful elite, the Las Vegas of its day.

  • Leonardo, The Man Who Saved Science (#1604)

    Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his inventions as well as his art.

  • Scanning The Pyramids (#1701)

    Travel with the scientific team granted unprecedented access by the Egyptian government to solve a 4,500-year-old mystery: what lies within the Great Pyramid at Giza.

  • Hannibal in the Alps (#1702)

    Follow a team of experts as they solve the enduring mystery of exactly where Hannibal and his troops crossed the Alps to launch a surprise attack on Rome.

  • The Woman in the Iron Coffin (#1605)

    Follow a team of forensic experts as they investigate the preserved remains of a young African American woman from 19th century New York and reveal the little-known story of early America's free black communities.

  • The Nero Files (#1606)

    Take a closer look at the life and legend of Nero, the infamous Roman emperor, as a forensics profiler attempts to find out what history may have gotten wrong about his alleged tyranny.

  • King Arthur's Lost Kingdom (#1703)

    Uncover new archaeological evidence at Tintagel that suggests the legend of King Arthur started in a prosperous and sophisticated trading village in 5th-century Britain following the departure of the Romans.

  • Egypt's Darkest Hour (#1704)

    Follow a team of archaeologists as they examine a rare mass grave dating to the collapse of ancient Egypt's Old Kingdom, when political infighting and a changing climate brought down a dynasty in a moment of crisis and catastrophe.

  • World War Speed (#1705)

    Follow historian James Holland on his quest to understand how the use of amphetamines affected the course of World War II and unleashed the first pharmacological arms race.

  • Galileo's Moon (#1801)

    Join experts as they uncover the truth behind the find of the century: an alleged proof copy of Galileo's "Sidereus Nuncius," which changed our understanding of the cosmos.

  • Bombing Auschwitz (#1802)

    Join historians, survivors and experts as they consider one of the great moral dilemmas of the 20th century.

  • Building Notre Dame (#1803)

    Follow an investigation into the centuries-long construction of Notre Dame de Paris, uncovering the vast architectural, technical and human challenges that played out during the turbulent history of one of the world's most celebrated buildings.

  • Viking Warrior Queen (#1804)

    Join a team of archaeologists as they examine one of the most significant Viking graves ever found and test the DNA of the remains of the female warrior buried inside, rewriting our understanding of Viking society.

  • Gangster's Gold (#1805)

    Join three groups of treasure hunters, armed with modern technology and newly uncovered clues, as they set out to find the lost treasure of notorious Prohibition-era gangster Dutch Schultz and solve an 85-year-old mystery.

  • Abandoning The Titanic (#1706)

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

  • Magellan's Crossing (#1901)

    Five hundred years ago, Ferdinand Magellan and his crew set sail to gain control of the global spice trade.

  • Lady Sapiens (#1902)

    Incredible scientific investigations from across the globe are helping piece together the untold story of prehistoric women.

  • The First Circle of Stonehenge (#1903)

    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.

  • A Samurai in the Vatican (#1904)

    In 1613, a samurai feudal lord, Date Masamune, sent a Japanese Emissary to sail off to Europe to negotiate with the Pope and the King of Spain the opening of a new sea route.

  • Hindenburg's Fatal Flaws (#1905)

    A fresh look at the science and conditions surrounding the Hindenburg explosion reveals 10 particular flaws that directly led to the infamous disaster in 1937.

  • The Caravaggio Heist (#1906)

    Father Marius Zerafa, director of museums in Malta, risks his life to recover a Caravaggio masterpiece stolen from a cathedral in 1984.


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