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Number of episodes: 20
Episode's length: 20x26'
Directors: Agnès Molia
Producer: Tournez S'il Vous Plaît
Coproducers: Arte
Language: French & English
Copyright: 2016 - 2017

A 20x26' documentary series.

 

How did the Rapa Nui people disappear? Is South Africa the cradle of Humankind? What is the secret behind the Nazca Lines? Around the world, archeologists are trying to shed light on the great enigmas of ­history. One of them, Peter Eeckhout, travels to meet his colleagues, unpacks their research, and reveals their latest findings...

Easter Island, the big taboo (Chili)

What if the veil was finally lifted on one of the greatest enigmas in the history of mankind, namely the disappearance of the Rapa Nui, the inhabitants of the mysterious Easter Island lost in the Pacific? It was long thought that the Rapa Nui people had decimated themselves to the point of extinction a few centuries ago. Yet the findings of Nicolas Cauwe, a world-renowned archaeologist who conducted meticulous field investigations for over fifteen years, tell a different story...

Troy, close to the myth (Turkey)

Has the legendary city of Troy described by Homer in the Iliad ever existed? For centuries, the question has sparked much controversy. And if the answer is positive, did the Trojan War really take place? Early explorers of the 19th century tried their best to match their findings with the descriptions scattered in the famous ancient epic poem. But doubt remained. Today, modern archaeological techniques finally provide answers and give voice to the remains unearthed at the Hissarlik site in Turkey.

Orkney Islands : A neolithic pilgrimage (Scotland)

On the borders of Scotland, in the Orkney Islands, archaeologists have been digging for nearly 13 years the remains of a mysterious set of very large buildings surrounded by a massive stone wall erected during the late Neolithic. Located on a small peninsula between two megalithic stone circles, these old buildings are unlike anything known before. What does this place – nowadays known as the "Ness of Brodgar" – reveal about the beliefs of civilizations which populated the United Kingdom 3000 years BCE?

Twilight of the Mochicas (Peru)

One of the driest deserts in the world lies at the foot of the Andes. 1,500 years ago, the Mochica culture – alternatively called the Moche –, one of the most brilliant people of South America, flourished in this hostile environment. Between the 2nd and 8th century AD, they tamed the desert, and built huge adobe pyramids called “huacas”. Although it was the most powerful in South America in its time, little is known about this civilization, which fell into oblivion long before the Spanish conquest. For decades, most archaeologists believed that the Moche had disappeared in 600 AD, decimated by an abrupt climate change. The recent discoveries of Peruvian...

El Argar : A forgotten civilization (Spain)

Everyone has heard of the Greeks, the Romans, and the Celts. These brilliant and prosperous civilizations have marked the history of Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. Nevertheless, another ancient culture – what archaeologists call the “El Argar” civilization – has been wiped out of our collective memory. This civilization ruled over all of southern Spain between 2200 and 1550 BCE, until it suddenly disappeared. It gradually sank into oblivion for thousands of years. Spanish archaeologists have nevertheless found traces of the Argaric culture a few kilometres from the city of Murcia. They have just recently uncovered a remarkable edifice, an ancient...