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SECRETS OF THE DEAD
Vampire Legend

 

Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves. Predating Eastern European legend, these discoveries force a re-examination of modern vampire lore.

 

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Roman Catacomb Mystery

 

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs, a labyrinth of tunnels that is a cemetery for the citizens of ancient Rome. In 2002, maintenance workers stumbled through an opening in one of the tunnel walls and discovered a previously unknown complex of six small rooms, each stacked floor to ceiling with skeletons. NOVA’s forensic investigation opens insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens during the heyday of the mighty Roman Empire.

 

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Animal Mummies

 

From baboons to bulls, crocodiles to cows, a vast menagerie of animal mummies lies buried in Egyptian tombs. Hi-tech imaging reveals what’s inside the bundles and the strange role that animals played in ancient Egyptian burial beliefs.