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Ancient Apocalypse

Ancient Apocalypse is a BBC documentary series narrated by Hermione Norris, explaining how human achievements were destroyed by the forces of nature. The series consists of four episodes that try to uncover the reasons behind the disappearance of the lost civilisations: the Egyptian Old Kingdom, the Minoan civilisation, the Mayan civilisation in Central America and southern Mexico, and Sodom and Gomorrah. Throughout the ages, civilisations have risen up and then disappeared. Using science, especially with the help of the findings of geologists, archaeologists and climatologists, the series tries to explain how these civilisations were destroyed.

Episode 1 - Death on the Nile
Professor Fekri Hassan attempts to determine why the Egyptian Old Kingdom, the civilisation of the great pyramids, collapsed around 2200 BC.

Episode 2 - Mystery of the Minoans
This episode looks at how the Minoan civilisation, situated on the Mediterranean island of Crete, was wiped out 3,500 years ago by a huge volcanic eruption.

Episode 3 - The Maya Collapse
This episode unravels the reasons behind the disappearance of the Mayan civilisation in Central America and southern Mexico.

Episode 4 - Sodom and Gomorrah
Were Sodom and Gomorrah real cities, destroyed by a landslide caused by an earthquake?


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