The E-mail message field is required. 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. In each episode, modern craftsmen team with archaeologists in an effort to replicate the construction of buildings and other works created thousands of years ago. 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. Each episode has guest experts who are challenged to develop and implement methods that may have been used. I traveled to South America after 2 years in the Peace Corps in the Caribbean. To actually test their building hypotheses - using traditional techniques.
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. This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. I never realized that it would be so hard to place an obelisk up right. In Peru I visited the Inca capital Cuzco and the lost city Machu Picchu. 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.
They didn't prove that this was how the magnificent stone structure of Stonehenge was built; they only showed that it was possible to do it in this way. The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia's. 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. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. I hope this documentary would interest you to visit Peru, one of the great empires of the world. Joined by engineer Mark Whitby and stonemason Roger Hopkins, they moved, raised and capped their own trilithon two upright stones capped by a third in a chalk field near Stonehenge, using hundreds of local volunteers straining on ropes, employing the simple tools used by early Britons.
Credits: Editors, Dick Bartlett, David Elliot ; music, Ray Loring ; cinematography, Nigel Meakin. 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. How did the ancient masons fit giant, irregular blocks together so perfectly that a knife blade cannot be pushed between the joints? This time the team faces severe obstacles as they struggle to raise a thirty-five foot-long replica from the living rock. It ties in with my subject area of 6th grade social studies. But how did the Romans devise a mechanism as tricky as a huge retractable roof? This documentary shows a group of Inca citizens moving huge stones as their ancestors might have done and making a rope ladder made of grass as the ancient Incas might have done. In each episode, the teams encounter expected and unexpected problems that sometimes they are able to overcome, but other times they aren't.
If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be , , or. The idea is to use only tools and techniques that would have been available to the civilization that originally constructed the object. It's not easy for them--muscles plus ingenuity can accomplish a lot, but it's still hard work--but they do learn much about old-time engineering along the way. . 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. And when they brought the stones to their sacred place, how did they lift 40 tons of dead weight upright? Stonehenge has mystified and delighted us for thousands of years, but hasn't yielded its secrets, like how 40-ton stones found their way over 20 miles to positions which predict celestial events. Find sources: — · · · · April 2012 Secrets of Lost Empires is a two-part series produced by , Boston.
Both series explore experimentally how ancient civilizations achieved notable constructions without modern machinery and construction methods. Yet few clues remain to tell us just how, with limited technology, they achieved their extraordinary feats. This probably isn't everyone's cup of tea, but for those who are interested in thoughtful historical and technical problems, this series can't be beat. A little slow, but they offer up very plausible solutions to ancient megalithic stone construction that contrasts nicely for those that watch Ancient Aliens. I have only one complaint: the announcers insist in calling the Inca beast of burden the Llama a Lama.
The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. A distinctive feature of this stone site are the trilithons, which consist of two upright stones topped by a horizontal lintel stone. Archaeologist Julian Richards has perhaps the best and broadest sense of those early people. Face the challenge of quarrying, chiseling, hauling, and mounting an obelisk - using stones, ropes, logs, and dirt. Watch a band of experts move, raise, and cap a structure like the mysterious Stonehenge, armed with Stone Age tools.
Description: 1 videodisc 112 min. On May 5, Archaeologist Julian Richards responded to questions during a live event, and to additional questions e-mailed to this Web site for one week thereafter. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. I found the episode about the Obelisk to be the best although they are all good. 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.