Documentary examining the possible whereabouts of the ancient Christian relic, reputed to be the cup that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper and that received His blood at the Crucifixion. In 2014, historian Margarita Torres discovered two Arabic parchments recording the journey of Christ's cup from Jerusalem to Spain in 1055. One parchment states that the cup arrived in Spain with a piece missing. The onyx cup in Leon's San Isidora basilica matches this description. In Leon, Torres finds further evidence that this may be the Holy Grail in a medieval painting of the Supper.
To the ancients, the heavens were filled with awe and wonder. Looking out into space inspired fear, superstitions and the building of massive monuments like Stonehenge. Now, we examine the greatest mysteries of the past to see if they can finally be solved by modern science.
Documentary examining recent discoveries made in the famous burial chamber and following scientists as they forensically analyse the hidden, blocked doorways identified in the tomb, which archaeologists now believe may also be the resting place of Queen Nefertiti.
Efforts to find the location of Pi-Ramesse, an eight square-mile settlement built by the 19th Dynasty of Egypt Pharaoh Ramesses II in the northernmost region of Egypt. Its location and the reasons it disappeared have long been a mystery, and an apparent `find' in the 1940s turned out to be bogus. As this documentary reveals, a team of archaeologists and experts have now uncovered new evidence that pinpoints exactly where the city once stood, revealed its vast size and pieced together the extraordinary story of why it disappeared.
A team of experts uses cutting-edge technology to examine the history of a Native American people who built a thriving metropolis in what is now Illinois, tracing the rise and fall of a civilisation that came into existence in 900AD, but vanished 400 years later. Much of the site is covered by forest, but archaeologist John Kelly obtains a view of what lies beneath and exposes the true scale of the city, while Bill Iseminger hunts down the engineering secrets behind the 10-storey pyramid that stood at its centre.
ANCIENT MYSTERIES: LEGENDS AND EMPIRES is an objective and illuminating look at some of mankind's most enduring mysteries. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, this award-winning series from HISTORY travels the world to explore and recreate the enigmas that continue to defy science and spark our imagination. This collection focuses on the myths, legends and the amazing lost civilisations of our collective history that are constant sources of inspiration for fantasy literature and movies - exposing what is known, what is imagined and what is pure speculation and myth.
The Trojan War was a legendary battle, fought between the Spartan king Menelaus and Paris, Prince of Troy, over Helen, the woman so beautiful that 'her face could launch a thousand ships'. The setting for the final showdown was the fabled city of Troy. But did it ever exist and did the war really happen?
Beneath the mighty capital of the Roman Empire hides a labyrinth of secret passages and hidden chambers. It is the ancient underground cemeteries used by the Christian and Jewish communities in ancient Rome, a complex labyrinth of more than 60 miles of burial chambers. In the second century the catacombs were only a place of burial, but later Christians gathered in them to celebrate the funeral rites and the worship of their dead.