Chronicle: Archaeology on Television | Excavations and reports from Sutton Hoo to Machu Picchu
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 08 March 1977
DURATION | 49 minutes 43 seconds
The discovery of the Rosetta Stone in Egypt by Napoleon's team of French scholars was key to the translation of hieroglyphics. This programme reveals how the stone came to the British Museum and its importance for understanding both the ancient Egyptian language and Egypt's culture. Dating from the Greek period of rule in Egypt (330 to 30BC), the stone offers a translation of ancient Egyptian through its carved text in three different scripts: hieroglyphs, demotic Egyptian and Greek.
The publication of the work of French scholars in Egypt caused a sensation in the early 19th Century. Modern Egyptomania swept France and Britain. A Sevres porcelain dessert service on display at Apsley House in London shows scenes from the Egyptian expedition and incorporates miniature Egyptian buildings. This was especially commissioned by Napoleon for the Empress Josephine and then became the possession of the Duke of Wellington after the Napoleonic Wars.
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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