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NOVA; Ghosts of Murdered Kings

12/23/2013

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Series
NOVA
Program
Ghosts of Murdered Kings
Program Number

4103

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in Ireland's County Tipperary in their methodical hunt for clues to the identity and the circumstances of various violent deaths of bog body victims. A new theory emerges that they are those of ritually murdered kings, gruesomely slain to assure the fertility of land and people.

A corpse found in a bog in the hills of Ireland's County Tipperary dates to the Bronze Age, more than 3,000 years ago. A CAT scan reveals a violent demise: the body covered in axe marks, the spine snapped and the arm broken in two places. NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in their hunt for clues to the identity and the circumstances of this and other violent deaths of victims unearthed in bogs. A new theory suggests that they were ritually murdered kings, slain to assure the fertility of land and people.

Produced by 360 Production for NOVA/WGBH in association with BBC Four, Yesterday, UKTV and ARTE France.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Ghosts of Murdered Kings,” 12/23/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_353502F86F564418913EB24D22FC7925.
MLA: “NOVA; Ghosts of Murdered Kings.” 12/23/2013. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_353502F86F564418913EB24D22FC7925>.
APA: NOVA; Ghosts of Murdered Kings. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_353502F86F564418913EB24D22FC7925
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