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Ancient Discoveries Poster

Ancient Discoveries (2003)


One thousand years ago, when Europe was still in the dark ages, China was at the forefront of technology. We unveil the remarkable story of how China created a myriad of ingenious devices including...

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GenreDocumentary, History Number of episodes 52 Latest available episode Cast and crewSteve Truglia, Phil Crowley, Andrew Kay, Lou Teti, Ghassan Salti, Pete Collins, Steven Drew, Russell Daly, Ted Duran, Karl Warwick, Ben Mole, Paola Desiderio, Nick Whenham, Stuart Clarke, Andrij Evans, John Fortune, Sam Benstead, Antonis Nikolaou, Dave Freeman, Dave Freeman, Show All
Full description One thousand years ago, when Europe was still in the dark ages, China was at the forefront of technology. We unveil the remarkable story of how China created a myriad of ingenious devices including cosmic machines able to collect data on the stars, hydraulic hammers, water-controlled clocks, and mass production plants powered by water. We visit a reconstruction of an ancient Chinese iron furnace to unravel how the Chinese created a forty-ton iron artifact five centuries before the West discovered cast-iron technology. Meet the leading clay expert Professor Ye Hongming who has spent a lifetime seeking to discover the secrets of how the ancient Chinese created their vast terracotta army.

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