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  • THE MYSTERY OF THE DESERT KITES

    An international team of archaeologists explores the heart of Saudi Arabia and the Black Desert of Jordan to find out more about the oldest megastructures in human history. An extraordinary story with spectacular discoveries an...

    HISTORY
    • Trailer
    • Provisional Delivery : December 2024
    • One-off

    • Director(s):

      LAVILLE (NATHALIE)

    • Producer(s):

      FRANCE 5, Ma Drogue à Moi

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2024

    • Language(s):

      English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    An international team of archaeologists explores the heart of Saudi Arabia and the Black Desert of Jordan to find out more about the oldest megastructures in human history. An extraordinary story with spectacular discoveries and breathtaking landscapes.

    In the North of Saudi Arabia and South of Jordan lie thousands of mysterious geoglyphs whose shape, when seen from the air, reminds us of giant kites. The oldest of these immense stone structures were built around 7000 BC, predating the Egyptian pyramids and the spectacular Stonehenge monument by over 4,000 years. Who designed these structures and why were they built? Using cutting-edge technologies, an international team of archaeologists led by French researcher Rémy Crassard and Franco-Jordanian research fellow Wael Abu-Azizeh are trying to solve this mystery, as they are determined to shed a new light on the little-known Neolithic period.

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  • EGYPT: THE TREASURE OF THE SACRED BULLS

    Today, the Louvre Museum picks up where the Egyptologist Auguste Mariette left off in 1850! Join a team of archeologists and get exclusive access to (re)discover the Serapeum tomb of the Bull Apis, one of the most sacred places...

    HISTORY
    • Director(s):

      Frédéric WILNER

    • Producer(s):

      ARTE FRANCE, ILIADE PRODUCTIONS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2021

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Today, the Louvre Museum picks up where the Egyptologist Auguste Mariette left off in 1850! Join a team of archeologists and get exclusive access to (re)discover the Serapeum tomb of the Bull Apis, one of the most sacred places in Saqqara, Egypt.

    He also managed to map out a network of underground tunnels leading to other burial sites he did not have time to uncover. We have exclusive access to follow a team of archeologists, commissioned by the Louvre Museum, to pick up where Mariette left off.

  • INCAS: THE NEW STORY

    Where did the Inca people come from, how were they organized, and why did they disappear so suddenly? 10 years of recent archeological research has allowed us to uncover another truth that contradicts history books which are ba...

    HISTORY
    • Director(s):

      MARCHAND (THIBAUD)

    • Producer(s):

      TOURNEZ S'IL VOUS PLAIT, ARTE FRANCE

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2023

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Where did the Inca people come from, how were they organized, and why did they disappear so suddenly? 10 years of recent archeological research has allowed us to uncover another truth that contradicts history books which are based on the conquistadors‘ point of view.
     

    A few decades ago, here is what we thought we knew about this mythical people, considered as a bloodthirsty giants with feet of clay. Born on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the 14th century, the Incas would have conquered, in just a hundred years, a boundless land of over a million km2, comparable to the Roman Empire. Valley after valley, mountain after mountain, the Incas would have tamed the entire Andes.
     
    This ruthless Empire, which had no written language and was ruled with an iron fist by the Inca, the Son of the Sun, an inflexible and cruel ruler, would have collapsed like a house of cards in the face of just a few Conquistadors. These are the preconceptions that have long prevailed, and which archaeology is working to correct.
     
    As a travelling investigation Incas, The New Story recounts how a giant reveals itself and is first and foremost a field study which, as the story unfolds, will shed light on the course of Inca history by answering 3 major questions: - Where did the Incas come from? Were they really born on the shores of the mythical Titicaca? Is Pachacutec really the founder of the Empire? - How did the Inca giant develop: Was violence the only weapon the Incas had? How could they rule over such a vast empire without having a written language? - How did the Inca Empire collapse? How was their resistance organized? Where is their last stronghold? Through these questions, which will guide the story, the movie will ultimately answer a big question: who was the Inca giant?

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  • SAVING EGYPT’S TEMPLES

    In 1945, Nasser’s project to build a lake in Southern Egypt threatened to submerge hundreds of ancient temples, including of Ramses II and Cleopatra. Thanks to an unprecedented international mobilization, discover how this exce...

    HISTORY
    • Director(s):

      LEMAITRE (OLIVIER)

    • Producer(s):

      SEQUANA MEDIA PRODUCTIONS, HISTOIRE

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2020

    • Language(s):

      English, Spanish, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    In 1945, Nasser’s project to build a lake in Southern Egypt threatened to submerge hundreds of ancient temples, including of Ramses II and Cleopatra. Thanks to an unprecedented international mobilization, discover how this exceptional heritage was saved.

    When they returned from southern Egypt, travelers reported the existence of temples between the Nubian desert and the Nile. Majestic stone colossi emerging from the sands kept the doors and their secrets. For centuries, Abu Simbel, Dendur, Amada and other monuments were victims of looting, earthquakes, desert encroachment and floods, only to end up almost being swallowed up by the waters in the 20th century. In 1954, the announcement of the construction of a dam threatened the whole of Nubia and more than 20 ancient shrines. Some temples were dismantled in a hurry and relocated to artificial islands, others were even shipped abroad in places such as Madrid, Turin or even New York. Former construction site workers attest to the grueling working conditions during operations. We also present archives revealing the ingenious rescue plans explained in 3D animations.
     
    This documentary directed by Olivier Lemaître won the "Alfredo Castiglioni" prize from the technical jury and the audience prize at the Archeofilm festival 2020 in Varese (Italy).

  • THE TRUE STORY OF KING TUT'S TREASURE

    Almost 100 years after the discovery of King Tut's Tomb, it is time to tell the story in a new light. This film uses 2D and 3D imagery to reconstruct the tomb, the mummy, the funerary objects and the topography of the famous Va...

    HISTORY
    • Director(s):

      WILNER (FREDERIC)

    • Producer(s):

      ILIADE PRODUCTIONS, ARTE FRANCE

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2019

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Almost 100 years after the discovery of King Tut's Tomb, it is time to tell the story in a new light. This film uses 2D and 3D imagery to reconstruct the tomb, the mummy, the funerary objects and the topography of the famous Valley of the Kings. 

    Ninety years later, for the first time, most of these objects will finally be brought together in the precinct of the great Museum of Giza. Some of them will make their way to the U.S.A. and Paris, where they will be exposed at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industries in the autumn of 2018 - and then in London, Berlin, Tokyo and Sidney. This film is the story of the discovery of a treasure of which we know only a few artefacts. It is also an investigation, and these objects will be so many clues along the way. What do these artefacts tell us about the king and the period of his reign ? In what circumstances were they discovered and taken away from the pharaoh’s tomb ? These are some of the many elements of this documentary narrative. 
     

    Best film prize for its scientific contribution at the 17th International Archeology Film Festival ICRONOS in 2020

  • THE MYSTERY OF THE RASCAR CAPAC MUMMY

    This science documentary is led like a police investigation into pre-Colombian mummies from Chile and Peru, one of whom, RASPAR CAPAC, inspired The Seven Crystal Balls from The Adventures of Tintin by famous Belgian cartoonist ...

    HISTORY
    • Director(s):

      CORDIER (FREDERIC)

    • Producer(s):

      ARTE GEIE, UN FILM A LA PATTE, MOULINSART SA, RADIO TELEVISION BELGE FRANCOPHONE, PANORAMIQUE TERRE

    • Territories:

      Worldwide (except Luxembourg and Belgium).

    • Production year:

      2020

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    This science documentary is led like a police investigation into pre-Colombian mummies from Chile and Peru, one of whom, RASPAR CAPAC, inspired The Seven Crystal Balls from The Adventures of Tintin by famous Belgian cartoonist Hergé. 

    In reality, the mummy Rascar Capac arrived at the Art & History Museum in Brussels in the middle of the 19th century under unknown circumstances. By uncovering the origins of Rascar Capac, the film reveals previously unknown facts about his life, the reasons for his death and even which illnesses he had.
     
    The documentary follows the investigation in the field, in specialised laboratories in Belgium and France and along the wild Pacific coast of Chile and Peru. Using modern technology to research and carry out tests on Rascar and other similar mummies will allow us to understand a lot more about these pre-Columbian mummies who, compared to their Egyptian counterparts, we still know very little about. 
     
    ©Panoramique Terre/Un film à la patte

    Jules Vernes Prize at the Amiens Archeology Film Festival 2020 

  • POLYCHROMIA, ARCHEOLOGY OF COLORS - ANCIENT GREECE

    The museums and monuments display white ancient Greek artworks, often associated with the 19th-century European classical aesthetics. However, science reveals that these works were once adorned with gold and colors, faded by ti...

    HISTORY
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    • Provisional Delivery : September 2025
    • One-off

    • Director(s):

      LEMAITRE (OLIVIER)

    • Producer(s):

      SEQUANA MEDIA PRODUCTIONS, NDR

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2024

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    The museums and monuments display white ancient Greek artworks, often associated with the 19th-century European classical aesthetics. However, science reveals that these works were once adorned with gold and colors, faded by time. Thanks to new technologies, researchers seek to unveil this overlooked history of polychromy, sparking both controversy and awe among the public.

  • WHAT KILLED THE ROMAN EMPIRE?

    A historical cold case: an investigation led by the best experts demonstrates that a significant temperature drop along with successive deadly diseases undermined the foundations of the Roman Empire.

    HISTORY
    • Director(s):

      WILNER (FREDERIC)

    • Producer(s):

      ILIADE PRODUCTIONS, ARTE FRANCE

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2021

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    A historical cold case: an investigation led by the best experts demonstrates that a significant temperature drop along with successive deadly diseases undermined the foundations of the Roman Empire.

    165 AD. A pandemic strikes the Roman Empire when Marc Aurèle was campaigning against the barbarian armies. At the same time, the climate experienced a sudden cooling: the study of old wood suggests a drop in temperatures of about 3 degrees. In the Roman catacombs, scientists discover collective graves. They thought they were seeing signs of smallpox: it would have decimated 15 to 20% of the population. This double environmental crisis led to a military crisis: for the first time, the inner Empire was hit by barbaric incursions.
     
    The second crisis begins in 260 AD. A new epidemic hits the Empire. It corresponds to the first major defeats of the Roman army. In Abrittus, 25,000 Roman soldiers are killed: archaeologists exhume the remains of this battle. It is the beginning of the 3rd century crisis: invasions, usurpations, monetary crisis bring the Empire to its knees. No sooner has it started to recover that a new climate crisis in Eurasia is coming: scientists find its origin in the Altai Mountains. It pushes the Huns towards the Empire: this is the beginning of the end for the Western Empire.
     
    The final blow took place 150 years later, at the very moment when Justinian launched an ambitious reconquest of the lost territories of the Empire. A series of volcanic eruptions causes a sudden drop in temperatures: scientists estimate it between 3 and 6 degrees. A few years later, an epidemic of bubonic plague hit the Empire: experts of ancient pandemics found it throughout its territory. Archaeologists in Israel are discovering the consequences of it. Abandonment of cities, end of agricultural activities, and interruption of trade circuits: the Empire is drawn into nothingness.
     

  • ARTEMIS - THE LOST TEMPLE

    It’s one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries  that was made in Greece in the last 30 years. A collective, rich in twists and turns epic, that details the crucial stages of a captivating 50-years investigation. Vi...

    HISTORY
    • Director(s):

      REICHENBACH (Sebastien)

    • Producer(s):

      CLIMAGE AUDIOVISUEL, ARTE GEIE

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2023

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    It’s one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries  that was made in Greece in the last 30 years. A collective, rich in twists and turns epic, that details the crucial stages of a captivating 50-years investigation. Viewers are immersed in the mystical cult of Artemis, the formidable goddess of the hunt, and the intriguing history of Eretria.

    The location of the sanctuary of Artemis at Amarynthos has long remained one of the last great archaeological enigmas of Ancient Greece. This vast Artemision is mentioned in several ancient texts, which even go so far as to specify the distance that separates the sanctuary from the ancient city of Eretria. But despite the efforts of numerous scientific expeditions since the end of the 19th century, no trace of the sanctuary or its temple has ever been found, leaving the mystery unsolved. In the 1960s, a young archaeologist from Neuchâtel - Denis Knoepfler - set out in search of the lost temple of Artemis. His investigations soon led him into the hinterland of the island of Euboea, well beyond the limits of previous expeditions. It would take five decades of searching, unshakeable faith and moving tons of earth to finally unravel the mystery. In 2017, a tenacious Swiss-Greek team of archaeologists formally identified the sanctuary of Artemis, where Denis Knoepfler had predicted it lay buried. The repercussions are considerable and will continue to fascinate, several generations of archaeologists.

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  • LADIES AND PRINCES OF PREHISTORY

    Discover the story of Paleolithic burials that challenge our preconceived notions of Prehistory. Who were these individuals buried with such worldly treasures?

    HISTORY
    • Director(s):

      COSTE (PAULINE)

    • Producer(s):

      ENFANT SAUVAGE PRODUCTIONS, ARTE GEIE

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2021

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Discover the story of Paleolithic burials that challenge our preconceived notions of Prehistory. Who were these individuals buried with such worldly treasures?

    Their great beauty also raises a cardinal question: who were these individuals, buried with such care and adornments: shamans? Chieftains? Or common individuals with a distinct flair? Through several burials in France, the Czech Republic, Italy and Russia, all these avenues will be explored in order to better understand one of these exceptional burials: that of the Lady of Cavillon, found in northern Italy, which will serve as a guiding thread throughout this investigation.
     
     

  • THE LATEST SECRETS OF HIEROGLYPHS

    200 years ago, Champollion ""cracked"" the hieroglyph code. Embark on an unprecedented scientific investigation into the heart of the largest tomb in Egypt to unlock the secrets of this mysterious writing.

    GREEN & SCIENCE
    • Director(s):

      Cabouat (Patrick)

    • Producer(s):

      BLEU KOBALT, FRANCE 5

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2022

    • Language(s):

      English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    200 years ago, Champollion ""cracked"" the hieroglyph code. Embark on an unprecedented scientific investigation into the heart of the largest tomb in Egypt to unlock the secrets of this mysterious writing.

    From the heart of the excavation site of Theban Tomb “TT33” Egypt's largest tomb near Luxor, a palace of hieroglyphs, let’s follow with exclusive access the mission of the IFAO (French Institute of Oriental Archeology in Cairo) on their scientific mission to uncover the priests, scribes, painters, engravers, and tomb builders who bequeathed the history of Ancient Egypt on tomb walls and papyrus. Who was this special class of people in the service of the Pharaohs that archaeologists are so interested in today? What do these inscriptions reveal about everyday Egyptian life? A sublime plunge into the great adventure of hieroglyphics.

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  • SAPIENS: THE NEW ORIGINS

    In remote Morocco, in 1960, in the archeological site of Jebel Irhoud, a remarkable find was made: remains of Homo Sapiens. Today we can date them back to 300.000 years old.

    GREEN & SCIENCE
    • Director(s):

      JULIEN (Olivier)

    • Producer(s):

      ARTE FRANCE, BELLOTA FILMS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2020

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    In remote Morocco, in 1960, in the archeological site of Jebel Irhoud, a remarkable find was made: remains of Homo Sapiens. Today we can date them back to 300.000 years old.

    A discovery that rewrites the story of Mankind’s origins, because up until now, the oldest remains found went back to 200.000 years ago! A revelation that not only stretches the timeline of Homo Sapiens’ story, but also changes the geography of where we came from, the whole sub-Sahara region.

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