‘Secrets of the Dead’ explores the past through forensics and archaeology

Part detective story, part true-life drama, “Secrets of the Dead” is back Wednesday nights at 9:30 p.m., unearthing evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events. Using the most up-to-date science in the laboratory and in the field, scientists and researchers examine the missing pieces of each puzzle, completing the picture of what had been merely an assemblage of suppositions.

March 20

“Mumbai Massacre”:¬†Discover how social media became a silent witness and transformed news as it happened in the November 2008 Mumbai bombings. Hear from the victims in their own words, voicemail messages, texts and improvised user-group postings made during the ordeal. Watch online.

March 27

“King Arthur’s Lost Kingdom” (New): Uncover new archaeological evidence at Tintagel that suggests the legend of King Arthur started in a prosperous and sophisticated trading village in 5th-century Britain following the departure of the Romans. Watch online.

April 3

“Egypt’s Darkest Hour” (New): Follow a team of archaeologists as they examine a rare mass grave dating to the collapse of ancient Egypt’s Old Kingdom, when political infighting and a changing climate brought down a dynasty in a moment of crisis and catastrophe. Watch online.

June 25

“World War Speed” (New):¬†Follow historian James Holland on his quest to understand how the use of amphetamines affected the course of World War II and unleashed the first pharmacological arms race.

July 2

“Galileo’s Moon” (New): Join experts as they uncover the truth behind the find of the century: an alleged proof copy of Galileo’s “Sidereus Nuncius,” which changed our understanding of the cosmos. This copy included his signature and seemingly original watercolor paintings.

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