Chronicle: Archaeology on Television | Excavations and reports from Sutton Hoo to Machu Picchu
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 24 January 1984
DURATION | 59 minutes 18 seconds
After failing to prevent the Spanish conquistadors seizing his city in 1536, the last of the Inca kings led his vanquished people into the jungle, where they apparently vanished. In this edition of 'Chronicle', David Drew and his team cross inhospitable terrain in search of the last refuge of the Incas. Though they follow in the footsteps of explorer Hiram Bingham III, who attempted this quest in 1911, the team reach very different conclusions as to where this lost city might have been located.
Spanish colonists destroyed many of the grandiose monuments of Inca civilisation in the 17th Century. Despite this, when Hiram Bingham reached Machu Picchu in 1911, he found not only examples of huge monuments but also well preserved Inca mummies.
A waddle along the Ridgeway discovers how much ground a goose can cover.
John Julius Norwich brings the Byzantine Empire alive for a fleeting moment in Istanbul.
Myth and history merge in this account of archaeological discovery on Crete and Santorini.
Television and archaeology unite to discover Bronze Age Britain.
Brunel's huge iron ship, SS Great Britain, returns to Bristol.
What was Stonehenge for? One man thinks he knows.
Journey into the heart of the rainforest in search of Mayan civilisation and mythology.
How the Rosetta Stone translated ancient Egypt to the modern world.
Follow the results of an excavation at the Bronze Age site of Phylakopi.
Spectacular archaeological discoveries of ancient tombs in northern Greece.
An exploration of a lost city in the middle of the desert in Iraq.
Special 'Chronicle' expedition across the Andes and into the Peruvian jungle.
Excavations at Sutton Hoo cast new light on Anglo-Saxon culture.
Archaeology unearths the past histories of African slaves in America.
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