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Secrets of Lost Empires
Easter Island
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See Nova programs 2403, 2404, 2405, 2406 for first Secrets of Lost Empires series aired as Nova programs.

A NOVA Special Presentation: In the tradition of its acclaimed programs on the creation of the pyramids, Stonehenge, and other antique marvels, NOVA tackles five more unsolved engineering mysteries using historically accurate methods and materials. For added authenticity, each program is shot on location where the ancient deed was done. And each effort is guided by experts in the field, often with radically different theories about how to proceed.

Following the blueprint established in SECRETS OF LOST EMPIRES - an archaeology series that eschewed talking heads and inert artifacts - the second series follows teams of living, breathing, passionate, inquisitive people as they struggle to duplicate the technological feats of ancient civilizations, using the tools and materials available in antiquity.

Series release date: 2000

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103 "Easter Island" - investigates the mystery of 900 gigantic stone statues that dot one of the most remote places on Earth. No one knows how or why the Easter Island monoliths got where they are. After building a computer model of a statue to move around a digital version of the terrain, NOVA's experts test their ideas for real with the help of the Easter Islanders themselves. In the process, they stumble on the likely cause for the end of the monument-building mania so long ago.



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Chicago: “Secrets of Lost Empires; Easter Island,” 02/10/2000, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_54FD79542CC8423B99387EE3C31C97B8.
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