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Ancient Discoveries

Cast of 'Ancient Discoveries'

  • Sean Barrett
  • Phil Crowley

Ancient Discoveries

Historians reveal and discuss evidence of centuries-old theories and prototypes for many contemporary procedures and technologies, like brain surgery and computers.

Premiere:
Dec 21, 2003
Original Network:
History
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Ancient Secret Agents

S06, E04  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 2009)
Ancient secret agents; fire beacons, horses and pigeons are used to transmit messages over thousands of miles; ancient spies use invisible ink made from human sperm and write messages inside raw eggs; Japanese ninjas use explosives.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
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Death Weapons of the East

S05, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 23, 2008)
Comparison test between a shotgun and a staff, the oldest known weapon; the deadly Chinese ``ermei'' underwater attack weapon; examining whether Chi warriors can really kill a man with a single touch; ancient Chinese crossbows.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
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Ancient Torture Tech

S05, E04  (First Aired: Nov. 13, 2008)
Revealing the terrifying truth behind torture; ancient inventors go to great lengths to develop precision devices to exact pain; the rack; burning at the stake; Vlad the Impaler.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
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Gruesome Medicine

S06, E05  (First Aired: Dec. 18, 2009)
Leeches, an ancient medical cure; taking a reading from a torpedo fish in Spain; Incan trepanning; Roman battlefield surgery; using snake venom as medicine; England's Prince Henry V undergoes brain surgery to extract an arrow.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 47
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Riots and Revolutions

S06, E06  (First Aired: Dec. 18, 2009)
A secret manual explains how the Vietnamese defeated the United States in the 20th century and the Mongols 700 years earlier; King Mithridates; the invention of booby-traps and letter bombs; Spartacus revolts against the Roman Empire.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 47
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The Ancient Mega-Fort

S06, E03  (First Aired: Dec. 4, 2009)
Investigating history's most impregnable fortresses; the castle that helped create Great Britain; Cappadocia's invisible underground defensive systems; Mayan killer bee castle defenses; the Roman siege of Alesia in Gaul.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 47
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Twisted Weapons of the East

S06, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 18, 2009)
Martial artists wield six-foot-long steel swords in India; camels as weapons of war; armor made from paper were designed to stop arrows; 2000-year-old unmanned weapon.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 47
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Machines III

S03, E08  (First Aired: Mar. 27, 2007)
Chinese technology such as cosmic machines, hydraulic hammers, water-controlled clocks and mass production plants powered by water.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
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  • History
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  • History HD