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Roman Catacomb Mystery
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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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Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the catacombs — a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long — a cemetery for the citizens of ancient Rome. In 2002, maintenance workers stumbled through an opening in one of the tunnel walls and discovered a previously unknown complex of six small rooms, each stacked floor to ceiling with skeletons. It was a mass grave, locked away for nearly 2,000 years. Who were these people? Why were so many interred in one place, piled atop each other? And most important, what killed them? NOVA’s forensic investigation opens up new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens during the heyday of the mighty Roman Empire.

A NOVA Production by BBC for WGBH/Boston.

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Chicago: “NOVA; Roman Catacomb Mystery,” 12/05/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 23, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_675CC7B4A549484FB2E51F0AE0CD758D.
MLA: “NOVA; Roman Catacomb Mystery.” 12/05/2013. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 23, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_675CC7B4A549484FB2E51F0AE0CD758D>.
APA: NOVA; Roman Catacomb Mystery. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_675CC7B4A549484FB2E51F0AE0CD758D
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