BBC Mini Documentaries in review

BBC Mini Documentaries in review

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Unlocking the Secrets of the World’s Oldest Computer: 

Over 120 years ago near the island of Antikythera in Greece, sponge divers came across an astonishing shipwreck where they found hundreds of artifacts like vases, statues, and works of art. However, there was one major discovery that changed our view of history. Gear wheels inside this metal lump and scuff marks describing the time period it came from indicated to researchers that it was actually the world’s oldest computer to date. The history of technology has forever changed as a result of this discovery. The computer, now broken down into 82 fragments with a large chunk of it still missing, is available for viewing in the National Archaeology Museum in Athens today. You can see more about it at this link: https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/ancient-mysteries?vpid=p09pcwp1 

 

The Ancient Mystery of the “Skeleton Lake:”

 

In 1942 an Indian Forest Ranger named Hari Kishan Madhwal discovered a lake filled to the brim with human skeletons deep in the Himalayan Mountains. It is now called Lake Roopkund, short for “The Skeleton Lake.” Investigators, historians, and researchers have tried to pinpoint exactly who these bodies were and why they were all in one lake. Many theories have been voiced, such as fallen soldiers, victims of an epidemic, or unsafe weather conditions for walking on foot. Although all of these theories exist, the world may never truly know where these bodies came from and why they all died and now reside in a body of water deep in the mountains. More information can be found by watching this video: https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/ancient-mysteries?vpid=p08mqncv 

 

Japan’s Mysterious Keyhole Tombs:

 

The ancient Japanese tombs are called Kofun Tombs. This area of tombs is bigger than the Egyptian pyramids. The Emperor’s tomb being the largest, took about 2,000 workers to complete by hand over a whopping 16 year period. The larger tombs are believed to house Japan’s greatest men, therefore they have not been looked at, researched, and barely even touched. They want the tombs to remain sacred, so no one really knows what is inside. This mini documentary provides a layout of what the tombs look like and how they were buried. You can watch it here: https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/ancient-mysteries?vpid=p07lq611 

 

Why did an Entire Civilisation Vanish?

 

Approximately 4,000 years ago a civilization known as the Harappans lived in what is now Pakistan. They abruptly left their homes to migrate to the Himalayan Mountains. Until today, no one has been able to explain the reason for this big move. Scientists have begun to extract forams from the water that the Harappans used for washing clothing and agriculture. Forams, short for Foraminifera, are single cell ocean organisms. By studying these, researchers can figure out the climate changes and bad weather conditions the Harappans experienced which may have been the reason that they migrated so long ago. You can find out why they may have migrated in this in the mini documentary: https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/ancient-mysteries?vpid=p077x0mc 

 

The Origins of the Mysterious Guanches:

 

The ancient Guanches were a hispanic civilization that scientists and archaeologists have been researching the origin of for many years. They believe these people could have been linked to the Vikings or Atlanteans. The mummies found as a result show proof that they were living and active around the 1st Century AD and lived deep in the Canary Islands. You can watch more about their lives and why they may have come from North Africa to the Canary Islands in their video: https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/ancient-mysteries?vpid=p080276c 

 

Spain’s Mysterious Pit of Bones:

 

In the 1960s in central Spain, construction workers building a pipeline in the Atapuerca mountains found a cave that housed many exquisite artifacts. As archaeologists kept digging and discovering, they found a 45 foot shaft that led down to a pile of bones. This sounds and looks like it is right out of the National Treasure movie with Nicholas Cage. However, these bones were not from human bodies. Nor were they animals or Neanderthals. Scientists began to wonder if what they had found there was a missing part in what we knew thus far about the stages of evolution from animals to humans. After deeper research, these became the oldest DNA strands ever discovered. To figure out where they came from, watch BBC’s mini documentary at this link: https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/ancient-mysteries?vpid=p096p8fs 

 

The Lost Pyramid of Polynesia:

 

The most sacred find in all of the South Pacific has been located in Samoa. The Pulemelei is the largest pyramid in South America. It is 12 meters tall and 60 meters long on each side. The top of the pyramid looks as if it was used as a meeting place. It is flat and can hold a significant number of people. The pyramid is made of igneous rock, also known as volcano remains and was built in 1000 CE. BBC goes into more depth and talks to locals from the area about what their theories and thoughts are on the pyramid’s purpose back then. You can watch this at: https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/ancient-mysteries?vpid=p07sjsn2 

 

Australia’s Mysterious Ancient Stones:

 

This mini documentary discusses whether Australia is the beginning point of all astronomy studies thus far. The land where this all comes together is known as “Wurdi Youang”. The stones here are perfectly placed and align to important and prominent solar positions in the sky. The rocks align to the solstice, where the sun rises and sets at certain times. By looking at the rocks and how the sunlight aligns, you can tell what time it is in the day. To learn more about how the historic people of Australia knew how to arrange these rocks, watch this video: https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/ancient-mysteries?vpid=p098v1mb 

 

Uncovering the Spanish ‘Stonehenge:’ 

 

This past summer, the horrific heat and constant droughts in Spain have caused the Valdecanas Reservoir in Caceres to drop to sea levels never seen before. As a result of this drop, a 7,000 year old statue has been discovered where it had been hidden underwater for years. People believe this was the birthplace of Spanish civilization. To understand why this monument is so important to the Spanish people and what purpose and ideals it holds, watch this video: https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/ancient-mysteries?vpid=p07qvlgd 

 

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