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Secrets of the Dead

posted on September 17, 2012

Secrets of the Dead

Part detective story, part true-life drama, Secrets of the Dead explores some of the most iconic moments in history to debunk myths and shed new light on past events. Using the latest investigative techniques, forensic science, and historical examination to unearth new evidence, the series challenges prevailing ideas, overturns existing hypotheses, spotlights forgotten mysteries, and ultimately can rewrite history.

Though the primary focus of Secrets of the Dead is history, the series offers hundreds of resources that are suited to science, forensics, anthropology, literacy, linguistics and more. On the website, you can watch full episodes online, see previews, find lesson plans, use interactives, and explore featured stories. IPTV has aggregated a wide-ranging list to help you get started with the site. Once you feel comfortable with this, we encourage you to start exploring on your own and share what you find with us.

Navigation of the Website

Watch Online: You can watch several full programs of Secrets of the Dead online ranging a variety of historical periods including Blackbeard’s Lost Ship, Michelangelo Revealed, Sinking of Atlantis, and the Silver Pharaoh. Clicking on any video gives you options to view image galleries, read additional articles, and find behind-the-scenes interviews.

Previous Seasons: Find additional resources that tie to previous seasons of Secrets of the Dead. Examples include additional articles, interactives, and web resources.

Featured Resources and Videos

What Really Happened at Jamestown?

Death at Jamestown takes a 21st-century look at the eerie fate of the men and boys who left London to establish the first permanent British colony in North America: Jamestown, Virginia.

Lesson Plan (Requires RealPlayer): In this jigsaw lesson plan, students learn about four different, supported reasons behind the mysterious deaths that occurred in the early days of the colony of Jamestown.

Jamestown Interactive: Explore an interactive map of the Jamestown Colony.

Doping for Gold

In the 1970s, female East German athletes came from nowhere to dominate international sport. But behind their success lay a horrifying secret. Doping for Gold reveals the truth behind the biggest state-sponsored doping program the world has ever known, creating a timely perspective on today's many sports drug scandals. Watch the full program, learn more about state-sponsored doping programs, read about the dangers of doping, and find additional materials online.

Mystery of the Black Death

immunityFor a disease-causing microorganism to infect the human body there must be a gateway or portal through which it enters into human cells. The plague bacterium works this way, hijacking the white blood cells sent to eliminate it. Traveling inside the white blood cells to the lymph nodes, the bacteria break out and attack the focal point of the human immune system. Dr. Stephen O'Brien felt that the mutated CCR5 gene, delta 32, in some people, may have prevented the plague from being able to enter its host's white blood cells.

Lesson Plan (Requires RealPlayer): Students learn about incomplete dominance inheritance by learning about the survivors of the Black Death and completing Punnett Squares. They also discover an important link between this ancient disease and the current menace of AIDS.

Aztec Massacre

aztecA grisly discovery of more than 400 mutilated bodies in Mexico is turning history on its head. Aztec Massacre paints a new picture of the violent relations between the Aztecs and the Conquistadors and rewrites much of what we thought we knew about the Aztec civilization. In addition to the full program, watch additional footage from the producer of the film, explore related web resources, and read a variety of articles.


Tags: ancient anthropology archaeology CSI DNA education educators historians historic sites history research science secrets of the dead Social Studies teachers United States war

Subjects: Science & TechnologySocial Studies

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