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NOVA; Ice Mummies: Return of the Iceman


“Return of the Iceman” Colour Corrected Master Length: 52:10 Guide Track Audio

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Ice Mummies: Return of the Iceman
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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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Remains of Inca culture, frozen high in the mountains of the Andes, suggest sacrifice to the mountain gods that dominated Inca civilization more than 500 years ago. This episode examines the frozen bodies of children, uncovered by archaeologists in South America, and follows an archeological expedition to a high-altitude sacred site in search of ritual remains and another body. How did the victims' bodies come to be there? Why did they go to their deaths willingly? What was the religious framework that dictated their sacrifice to fierce gods?

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Chicago: “NOVA; Ice Mummies: Return of the Iceman,” 07/21/1998, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C1EC4195F0AB450186F71732C0202786.
MLA: “NOVA; Ice Mummies: Return of the Iceman.” 07/21/1998. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C1EC4195F0AB450186F71732C0202786>.
APA: NOVA; Ice Mummies: Return of the Iceman. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C1EC4195F0AB450186F71732C0202786
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