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NOVA; This Old Pyramid


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This Old Pyramid
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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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This program reveals the ancient secrets of how pyramids were built by actually building one. A noted archaeologist and Egyptologist, Mark Lehner, and a professional stonemason, Roger Hopkins (of "This Old House") join forces in constructing a real pyramid on location in Egypt - using the same conjectured methods used over 4,000 years ago - with the Great Pyramid of Giza looming in the distance as daunting inspiration. Pyramid enthusiast, Martin Isler of Connecticut, and French chemist, Joseph Davidovits are featured theorists.



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