PBS To Unveil More Of History’s “Secrets” As 2016 Ends And 2017 Begins

 

PBS Distribution will open close 2016 and open 2017 by releasing two more episodes of Secrets of the Dead on DVD.

PBS Distribution officials announced this week the upcoming release of Secrets of the Dead: After Stonehenge and Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts.  The first of the pair will be released December 27th and the second January 3rd.

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Secrets of the Dead: After Stonehenge focuses on the discovery of a charred 3000-year-old English settlement in an area of Britain known as the Fens.  Research on the Bronze Age settlement, called the “British Pompeii,” revealed it had been built 1,000 years after Stonehenge.

The program follows the work by the site’s research team as it fights the clock to map the site and uncover its secrets before the land where the site was discovered is turned back over to the land’s owner.

The program will be available on DVD for MSRP of $24.99 but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store now.  It will also be made available via digital download.

Audiences can view a trailer for this episode of Secrets of the Dead now here.

 

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

 

PBS Distribution will follow up the release of Secrets of the Dead: After Stonehenge with another episode of PBS’ hit series, Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts on Tuesday, January 3rd.

This episode of SOTD takes audiences millions of years into Earth’s past as University of Florida paleontologist Jonathan Bloch and his team of researchers study a Colombian mine where evidence of Earth’s history had been surprisingly revealed.

When Bloch and company arrived and researched the site, they found fossilized leaves that provided hints about life during the era in which they existed.  They also found fossil remains of animals that stunned everyone.

The fossilized remains were of animals that, while familiar to most people, were much larger than anyone ever expected.  One of the surprising finds was the remains of a massive 43-foot-long snake dubbed “Titanoboa.”

The snake skeleton weighed one and a quarter ton and was five times bigger than the largest of today’s snakes.

Dr. Jason Head, Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge is the world’s foremost expert in calculating body size in the largest fossil snakes.  He explained the significance of the discovery.

“This animal is going to reset everything we know about what it truly means to be a giant snake,” he said.

Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts will be released Tuesday, January 3rd.  It runs 60 minutes and will retail for MSRP of $24.99.  It can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  Audiences can view a trailer for this episode of Secrets of the Dead online now here.

More information on Secrets of the Dead: After Stonehenge and Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts is available online now along with other episodes of Secrets of the Dead at:

 

 

 

Website: http://pbs.org/secrets

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SecretsofTheDead

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SecretsPBS

 

 

 

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