For each structure, individual teams are challenged to create a scale model using the materials and scientific knowledge thought to be available at the time of original construction although at times they resort to modern methods. The team that made This Old Pyramid such a popular hit now travels to the quarries of Aswan, the source of the original obelisks. Series Title: Other Titles: Colosseum. Explore the magnificent mountainside citadels - and marvel as villagers create a 150-foot suspension bridge using nothing but grass. This episode originally aired on February 11, 1997 and focused on Stonehenge. Meanwhile, an architect and an amateur archaeologist try to settle their long-standing arguments about the secrets of Inca stone walls.
By applying their knowledge of each culture, their expertise in building techniques, and a process of trial and error, the teams attempt to reconstruct these ancient technological wonders. By comparing different strategies and adapting ramps, levers, and other tools that might have been available to the ancient builders, the team works to meet the challenge. The meaning of Stonehenge to its builders and the purpose of the astronomical alignments built into its structure also figure in this match between muscles and megaliths. Both series explore experimentally how ancient civilizations achieved notable constructions without modern machinery and construction methods. Their task involves more than brute force, since the question of how the lintels that bridge the uprights were raised and levelled continues to baffle scholars and engineers alike.
What technologies were available to the builders? Our team of archaeologists and engineers will tackle the problem that the ancient Romans solved in one of the most striking examples of that civilization's ingenuity. Science Unit; British Broadcasting Corporation. Performer s : Narrator: Stacy Keach. What tools did they use? Each episode has guest experts who are challenged to develop and implement methods that may have been used. If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be , , or. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won many major television awards, most of them many times over. This time the team faces severe obstacles as they struggle to raise a thirty-five foot-long replica from the living rock.
By comparing different strategies and adapting ramps, levers, and other tools that might have been available to the ancient builders, the team works to meet the challenge. With ropes and sledges, the men and a group of volunteers chip away at ancient mysteries and engineering practices in the 60-minute film. The original series was produced with the and fully compiled in 1997 although some episodes had been produced much earlier and the second series was produced with of the and fully compiled in 2000. 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. Secrets of Lost Empires I—Stonehenge Original broadcast: February 11, 1997. .
The E-mail message field is required. To actually test their building hypotheses - using traditional techniques. Stonehenge A distinctive feature of this stone site are the trilithons, which consist of two upright stones topped by a horizontal lintel stone. Description: 1 videodisc 112 min. A little known feature of these amphitheatres is that they were originally roofed by canvas covers that were retracted when the arena was not in use. Narrated by Stacy Keach and featuring an attempt by 130 volunteers to replicate Stonehenge using only Stone Age tools in their efforts this episode raises and answering questions about the mystery of the landmarks original construction.
Please help to establish notability by citing that are of the topic and provide significant coverage of it beyond a mere trivial mention. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won many major television awards, most of them many times over. For specific features see interactive menu. Find sources: — · · · · April 2012 Secrets of Lost Empires is a two-part series produced by , Boston. Yet few clues remain to tell us just how, with limited technology, they achieved their extraordinary feats. Even without such technological advances as wheels, arches, draft animals, iron tools, or a system of writing, the Inca-utilizing a tradition of shared labor-achieved a number of engineering feats.
A distinctive feature of this stone site are the trilithons, which consist of two upright stones topped by a horizontal lintel stone. The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia's. How did ancient labourers who had no metal tools or mechanized equipment carve out, transport, and raise single blocks of stone weighing several hundred tons? Who built the enigmatic Stonehenge and for what purpose? Credits: Editors, Dick Bartlett, David Elliot ; music, Ray Loring ; cinematography, Nigel Meakin. How did the ancient masons fit giant, irregular blocks together so perfectly that a knife blade cannot be pushed between the joints? Face the challenge of quarrying, chiseling, hauling, and mounting an obelisk - using stones, ropes, logs, and dirt. But how did the Romans devise a mechanism as tricky as a huge retractable roof? Try out two possible designs for the canopy that once covered the Colosseum - one of them borrowed from ancient ships; and watch a band of experts move, raise and cap a structure like the mysterious Stonehenge - armed with only Stone Age tools. Other tapes in the Nova: Secrets of Lost Empires series include: , , , and. .
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