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Chronicle: Archaeology on Television | Excavations and reports from Sutton Hoo to Machu Picchu

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For 25 years, the BBC's archaeology series took viewers around the world to explore historical excavations and discover long-gone cultures and civilisations.

With a mix of live broadcasts and filmed documentaries, 'Chronicle' brought some of the greatest archaeologists of the 20th Century into our homes. In this collection, we look back at a selection of programmes from the series.

For additional archive television programmes visit the Archaeology at the BBC collection.

Chronicle: Archaeology on Television Collection

A goose, off for a walk.

Chronicle

Roman Goose March

BROADCAST 1966
10 MINUTES

A waddle along the Ridgeway discovers how much ground a goose can cover.

The Hagia Sophia.

Chronicle

The Fall of Constantinople

BROADCAST 1967
33 MINUTES

John Julius Norwich brings the Byzantine Empire alive for a fleeting moment in Istanbul.

Face of a servant painted onto the walls of Knossos.

Chronicle

The Last Days of Minos

BROADCAST 1967
49 MINUTES

Myth and history merge in this account of archaeological discovery on Crete and Santorini.

The 'S' from the logo of the Silbury Dig.

Chronicle

Silbury Dig: The Heart of the Mound

BROADCAST 1968
39 MINUTES

Television and archaeology unite to discover Bronze Age Britain.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge in bristol.

Chronicle

The Great Iron Ship

BROADCAST 1970
50 MINUTES

Brunel's huge iron ship, SS Great Britain, returns to Bristol.

Stonehenge .

Chronicle

Cracking the Stone Age Code

BROADCAST 1970
48 MINUTES

What was Stonehenge for? One man thinks he knows.

Pyramid built by Maya at Tikal in Guatemala.

Chronicle

The Lost World of the Maya

BROADCAST 1972
60 MINUTES

Journey into the heart of the rainforest in search of Mayan civilisation and mythology.

Hieroglyphics on wall of Queen Nefertari's Temple.

Chronicle

The Key to the Land of Silence

BROADCAST 1977
50 MINUTES

How the Rosetta Stone translated ancient Egypt to the modern world.

Buildings on the island of Milos.

Chronicle

Aphrodite's Other Island

BROADCAST 1978
49 MINUTES

Follow the results of an excavation at the Bronze Age site of Phylakopi.

An ornate letter 'C' from the logo for 'Chronicle'.

Chronicle

Tomb of the Lost King

BROADCAST 1979
48 MINUTES

Spectacular archaeological discoveries of ancient tombs in northern Greece.

An archway in the ruins of Hatra.

Chronicle

Lost Kings of the Desert

BROADCAST 1979
49 MINUTES

An exploration of a lost city in the middle of the desert in Iraq.

The lost city of Machu Picchu.

Chronicle

Lost City of the Incas

BROADCAST 1984
59 MINUTES

Special 'Chronicle' expedition across the Andes and into the Peruvian jungle.

The letter 'C' from the logo of 'Chronicle', which looks like an ancient arena.

Chronicle

Sutton Hoo

BROADCAST 1989
48 MINUTES

Excavations at Sutton Hoo cast new light on Anglo-Saxon culture.

An illustration of slaves on a cotton plantation, circa 1800.

Chronicle

Digging for Slaves

BROADCAST 1989
49 MINUTES

Archaeology unearths the past histories of African slaves in America.

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