SMITHSONIAN TAKES US BACK TO THE ANCIENT WORLD

Friday, July 8th, 2022

Stunt – Saturday, 30 July from 4pm

Venture back to the days of samurais and Vikings and explore the civilizations of the past, including:

SECRETS OF THE CELTIC GRAVE – The Roman Empire’s invasion of Britain in 43 A.D. marked one of the most violent and transformative periods in the nation’s history. Tales of how Claudius’ armies defeated kingdom after kingdom are well known, but a recent discovery of an ancient burial site in Wales has changed the story of the Roman conquest and shed light on the strength of the Celtic resistance. Follow archaeologists as they unearth evidence buried in the ground for 2,000 years and reveal new secrets about Britain’s transition from the Iron Age to Roman rule.

LEGEND OF THE CRYSTAL SKULLS – The Hollywood blockbuster “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is a fictionalised account of the legend of the crystal skulls. Now this exciting docudrama traces the true story of the world’s celebrated crystal skulls and state-of-the-art technology finally reveals their ancient secrets. Crystal skulls have a devoted following who believe in their mystical (and perilous) powers and a Mayan legend of 13 skulls coming together in a time of great peril to save mankind by divulging the secret knowledge of all ages. Today there are a handful of crystal skull relics, including one at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  This is the story of curator Jane MacLauren Walsh’s 16-year quest to trace the origins of the 31-pound crystal skull mailed anonymously to the museum in 1992. Walsh’s investigation takes her from ancient Mesoamerica to archives across Europe and the Americas, where she traces legend and makes comparisons to other skulls and to pre-Columbian Aztec and Mixtec rock crystal artefacts. But the skulls are perfectly designed to confound researchers. Made of quartz crystal, they contain no carbon, essential to dating. Walsh and her colleagues faced a formidable challenge, pitting science against the supernatural. Join them as they uncover the truth behind one of the world’s most enduring mysteries… that of the mythical crystal skulls.

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