Episode only available in Canada.
With exclusive access to the work of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, the most extensive archaeological study ever made of the wider area around Britain's famous monument, STONEHENGE UNCOVERED reveals fascinating new information about the surprisingly advanced and sophisticated civilization that built the Stone Circle.
Stonehenge is an icon of prehistoric Britain, an enigma that has seduced archaeologists and tourists for centuries. Why is it here? What is its significance? And which forces inspired its creators? For the last four years, an international team has surveyed and mapped every monument, both visible and invisible, across 10 square kilometres of the sacred landscape to create a complete digital picture of Stonehenge and the surrounding area through time. Known monuments have yielded more data than ever before, revealing hidden structures within; and new finds are revolutionising the history of Stonehenge.
STONEHENGE UNCOVERED takes the viewer on a prehistoric journey from 8000 BCE to 2500 BCE. Evidence of war, burial rituals, and human sacrifice tell one story; advanced mining, engineering, and craftsmanship another. Together they reveal a complex civilization influenced by international trade and ideas.
Using ground-penetrating radar and other high-tech scanning equipment, the Hidden Landscapes team has found new monuments and other structures hidden beneath the World Heritage site that surrounds the Stone Circle. With computer-generated imaging and dramatic reconstruction, STONEHENGE UNCOVERED illustrates for the first time the people, monuments, tombs, and settlements that occupied this sacred landscape over four millennia ago - redefining Stonehenge for a new generation.
Read more about the Hidden Landscapes Project on CBC News
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