Ancient Discoveries

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Original run: 21 Dec 2003 – 28 Dec 2009

Country of origin: US

Genre: History

Network: HISTORY US

Watched by: 33 of 707 960 0%

Total running time: 1 day 18 hours

Episode duration: 60 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.7 of 10 240

MyShows rating: 4 of 5 9

Description

In the ancient texts of Homer and the walls of Egyptian tombs lie tantalizing clues that are causing historians to re-think just how sophisticated centuries-old societies were. Drawings show that the Egyptians may have unlocked the secret to flight with primitive helicopter designs, and that the Chinese had a "wind car" in the 6th century AD that could transport them over land at up to 30 miles per hour. Even more amazing are 600-year-old designs from Italy for a Batmobile-like "rocket car" that appeared to be fueled by gunpowder. Mechanical maids that could fetch water for people on their own were created by the inventor Philos in the Third century, a concept we still struggle to perfect today! And discoveries about ancient machines of warfare give a new vision of what truly defined the Egyptian empire. Each week, Ancient Discoveries unearths new clues that connect the present with the past in more startling ways than we had ever imagined.


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