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NOVA: Secrets of Lost Empires: Pyramid/Obelisk/Colosseum/Stonehenge/Inca [3 Discs] [DVD]
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Overview

Special Features

  • Printable materials for educators
  • Access to the Nova web site
  • Scene selection
  • Closed captions
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

NOVA: Secrets of Lost Empires - Stonehenge
Who built the enigmatic Stonehenge and for what purpose? Explore the answers with a visit to one of the world's most mysterious architectural structures in the history/archeology documentary Nova: Secrets of Lost Empires -- Stonehenge. Archeologist Julian Richards, stonemason Roger Hopkins, and engineer Mark Whitby analyze the massive 4,500-year-old monument by constructing a small-scale version using Stone Age techniques. With ropes and sledges, the men and a group of volunteers chip away at ancient mysteries and engineering practices in the 60-minute film. Other tapes in the Nova: Secrets of Lost Empires series include: Nova: Secrets of Lost Empires -- Inca, Nova: Secrets of Lost Empires -- Pyramid, Nova: Secrets of Lost Empires -- Colosseum, and Nova: Secrets of Lost Empires -- Obelisk. ~ Kathleen Wildasin, Rovi

NOVA: Secrets of Lost Empires - Colosseum
This television documentary is one in a four-part series that tests theories regarding the architectural achievements of ancient civilizations. Based on archaeological evidence, scientists conduct physical reconstructions of these theories to see if they would have actually worked. The series is co-produced by Nova and BBC. In this installment, engineers and architects ponder and test theories on how the ancient Romans constructed giant, retractable canopies that protected people from the sun in amphitheaters like the Colosseum. ~ Thomas Carpenter, Rovi

NOVA: Secrets of Lost Empires - Inca
This television documentary is one in a four-part series that tests theories regarding the architectural achievements of ancient civilizations. Based on archaeological evidence, scientists conduct physical reconstructions of these theories to see if they would have actually worked. The series is co-produced by Nova and BBC. In this installment, they test theories regarding the ancient world of Machu Picchu in Peru. Topics covered in this episode include present-day people building bridges out of grass fiber and how the ancient Incas built walls made of huge blocks of stone with such precision that each block fits tightly with the next. ~ Thomas Carpenter, Rovi

NOVA: Secrets of Lost Empires - Pyramid
This 90-minute television documentary looks at the ancient Egyptians pyramids and presents theories on how they may have been built. To test these theories, scientists construct a small pyramid near the Great Pyramid of Giza. The construction is supervised by Egyptologist Mark Lehner and stonemason Roger Hopkins of television's This Old House. ~ Thomas Carpenter, Rovi

NOVA: Secrets of Lost Empires - Obelisk
This television documentary is one in a four-part series that tests theories regarding the architectural achievements of ancient civilizations. Based on archaeological evidence, scientists conduct physical reconstructions of these theories to see if they would actually have worked. The series is co-produced by Nova and BBC. In this installment, theories about how ancient civilizations cut, moved, and constructed giant stone obelisks are tested. Viewers travel to Aswan, where these obelisks were cut from the quarries, to attempt to reconstruct the process with a 35-foot-long hunk of rock using what they think may have been the same techniques used by the ancients. ~ Thomas Carpenter, Rovi

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