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NOVA; Secrets of Lost Empires: Inca


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Secrets of Lost Empires: Inca
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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

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In the second hour, following Stonehenge, "Inca" explores an equally deep, New World mystery: How did the Incas of South America build magnificent temples and fortresses from huge blocks of tightly-fitting stone, and span deep chasms with gossamer grass bridges? The Incas had no arch, no wheel, no codified mathematics, no system of writing. And yet they did it.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Secrets of Lost Empires: Inca,” 10/12/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 26, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3A233C36ECDA4DCBB981FDB954C3B70E.
MLA: “NOVA; Secrets of Lost Empires: Inca.” 10/12/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 26, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3A233C36ECDA4DCBB981FDB954C3B70E>.
APA: NOVA; Secrets of Lost Empires: Inca. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3A233C36ECDA4DCBB981FDB954C3B70E
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