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Secrets of Archaeology

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Explore the Hidden Treasures of the Ancient World

Take a virtual tour through rediscovered cities and see archaeological sites as their inhabitants saw them centuries ago. Explore the magnificent city of Pompeii, the architectural treasures of the Roman Empire, the legendary city of Troy, the mighty pyramids of the pharaohs and much more in this comprehensive 6 disc collection.

Experience the cutting edge of archaeological exploration with…
• State-of-the-art computer graphics
• Spectacular on-location photography
• The world’s leading archaeological experts

DVD box features 3D Lenticular packaging!


Special Features

  • 27 episodes on 6 discs

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 672 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FCW254
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By midwestguy on May 24, 2008
I agree with others that this is one of the best historical documentaries available, especially on Classical Mediterranean civilizations (Greece, Rome, and others). There are six discs in the series, each disc containing five episodes of 20 minutes, except the last disc which has only two. Although 20 minutes may not sound like much, so much is packed into each episode that they do not disapoint.

Each episode shows historical ruins related to its subject, beginning with maps to let you know when and where you are, and frequently using animation to reconstruct the ruins as they appeared in their prime. The narration uses the pictures as a starting point to discuss the culture and history represented by the ruins. The series frequently provides a fairly in depth discussion of the culture, ordinary life, religion, etc. of the peoples who lived in these locations, not just stories of battles and rulers.

The other outstanding aspect of this series is that it covers a wide variety of cultures, time periods, and geography. It works best where history can be told as the history of individual cities, which is the case in the Mediterranean world (the great majority of the episodes) and also for the Mayans in America.

A good example of the unusual approach of this series is episode two. From the title "Glorious Rome", I was expecting a tour of classical Rome using models and virtual recreations, since good examples of these are now available. Instead, the episode showed only brief shots of the unreconstructed Roman forum, and centered instead on the ruins of outlying Roman cities to show the common culture which existed over the extent of the empire.

Disc 1
1. Pompeii: A City Rediscovered. 79 AD
2. Glorious Rome, Capital of an Empire. 2nd Cent. AD.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Compusurge on May 9, 2006
I have caught some of these episodes on History Channel and this series is the one to watch if you're at all interested in understanding and experiencing the ancient civilizations covered, be it Petra, Rome, Greece, the Mayans, etc.

The series, which encompasses 27 journeys to sites and cities, not only presents current filming, but also, in many cases re-creates the sites using phenonemal computer graphics that let you sort of see what these places looked like when they were built.

This is so comprehensive, I can't wait to get it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Serge J. Van Steenkiste on March 19, 2007
Secrets of Archeology, a six-DVD set, introduce viewers to twenty-seven amazing archeological sites spread over Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. The authors excel at rendering the magnificence of these sites through their photography. Furthermore, leading archaeological experts weave their fascinating narrative with visually compelling computer graphics that make possible for viewers to better appreciate the accomplishments of past civilizations. Viewers can use Secrets of Archeology for planning a future journey to these sites. Nothing, not even the excellent Secrets of Archeology, can replace the sensorial experience that visitors gain while they tour these sites. Furthermore, viewers, who have had the chance to walk around these sites, will find in this series a nice souvenir complementing their personal recollections.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Frank Parnell on December 19, 2009
I discovered this series in from my local library's DVD collection some time ago and am glad I did. It's pretty cool. Each episode shows footage of different ancient ruins from different locations and cultures around the world, juxtaposed with computer-generated reconstructions thereof, showing what they looked like in their prime while the narrator goes over the history and cultures surrounding them.

Each segment, taken individually, is very good, but I have one minor quibble about the series as a whole: It is far from being "comprehensive" as the cover claims. Overall coverage of the world's archaeological sites is lopsided and haphazard. Over half the segments are about Greek and Roman sites and there are none at all about Mesopotamian, Chinese or Indian sites, even though some of these cultures had as much impact on the course of human history as Greco-Roman civilization and all of them had much more impact than the American Indian civilizations covered. There also wasn't any coverage of the Hohokam or Anasazi ruins here in the American Southwest, which I would have liked to have seen. For these relatively minor flaws, I'm knocking off one star.

In a nutshell, this series doesn't cover everything it should, but what it does cover, it covers very well. If you're interested in the civilizations which are covered, you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debra A. Newell on December 12, 2008
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Secrets of Archaeology is an excellent video narrative of many ancient sites. A nice overview of the history is given while the sites are shown in good detail. However, I was hoping for something that would show and talk more about the actual excavations and findings at these sites. To me the little things, like beads, pots, tools, etc. that are unearthed are more telling and often more interesting than the general histories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Taylor on May 27, 2010
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Archaeology Secrets is wonderful. Some of the episodes have been viewed on television. There are six disks and 12+ hours of viewing. I enjoy watching them over and over. I will certainly purchase more sets of this caliber and interest. Fascinating no matter how many times it is viewed. It covers Pompeii, Rome, Pyramids of Egypt, Greece, ancient cities of Etruscan, Memphis and Thebes, Cleopatra's Egypt, Greek Cities in Italy, Pyramids of Aztecs in Mexioc, Lost cities of the Maya, Anatolia, Syrian Desert, Phoenician sail routes, Roman Empire, Tracing Hannibal, Apollo, Civilizations on the Euphrates and Aegean Seas to Bablonian Troy. Commentary is very well done as is accompanying music and photography.
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