Secrets: Season Five; Smithsonian teases premiere in Bible history – canceled + renewed TV shows
Smithsonian Channel has news Secrets reveal. Recently, the network announced the premiere of the fifth season of the TV show.
The docuseries “follow the world’s greatest archaeologists as they use modern technology to solve some of the oldest puzzles in history.” The new season will explore a mysterious Viking tomb, the biblical story “Jonah and the Whale”, the mines of King Solomon, and more.
Season five of Secrets debuts on the Smithsonian Channel on September 24 at 8 p.m. ET / PT.
NEW YORK, August 16, 2018 – Archaeologists investigating a site in Iraq destroyed by ISIS have discovered a 2,700-year-old temple that reveals new perspectives on one of the Bible’s most famous stories, “Jonah and the whale ”. This is just one of the revelations explored in the new season of Smithsonian Channel’s popular SECRETS series, which follows the world’s greatest archaeologists as they use modern technology to solve some of history’s oldest puzzles. . A mysterious tomb from the last days of the Vikings, a forgotten princess of Egypt and the true origin of King Solomon’s mines are among other startling discoveries revealed in season five of SECRETS, which begins Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m. ET / PT on Smithsonian Channel.
JONAH AND THE WHALE kicks off the fifth season with a modern-day disaster. In war-torn Iraq, ISIS fighters in Iraq detonate explosives under the shrine of “Nebi Yunus” – the tomb of Jonah – destroying a site sacred to three religions. But when ISIS fled, archaeologists discover that beneath the rubble lies a 2,700-year-old temple complex, an ancient Assyrian palace hitherto unknown to history. Dr Katharyn Hanson is an archaeologist at the Museum Conservation Institute at the Smithsonian Institution. She was relieved to find that the destruction of ISIS was not complete: “The archaeological artifacts are still there,” she explains in the film. “This is the part that gives me hope.” Massive carvings, cryptic inscriptions and mysterious figures reveal the story of a cruel despot, a dark cult of fertility and a figure who perhaps inspired one of the most famous tales of the world. Bible.
The following episodes of SECRETS are:
TOMB OF THE VIKINGS
Premieres Monday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. ET / PT
The discovery in 2012 of a Viking tomb in the outskirts of Denmark took the archaeological world by surprise. Inside the vast underground chamber were the arms of a Viking lord, his gold encrusted jewelry, and even the body of his horse… but no Viking. The Empty Tomb unveils the mysteries of the last days of the Viking Age. Cutting-edge archeology reveals how this warrior culture successfully competed with the best armies in Europe. New revelations reveal the shocking force that brought about the collapse of the Viking Age and what caused Viking corpses to disappear from their graves.
THE PHARAOH IN THE SUBURBS
Premieres Monday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET / PT
In March 2017, construction work in the urban outskirts of Cairo came to a halt as the colossal stone head of an ancient pharaoh was discovered by a forklift. The “Pharaoh in a slum” is making international headlines, but the real news is that the massive statue represents a ruler lost in history. Researchers combine hieroglyphic research and ancient documents to piece together the true story of this “lost Pharaoh” who brought Egypt back from the brink of collapse and ushered in an artistic renaissance – before his name and memory were wiped out.
THE LOST PRINCESS OF EGYPT
Premieres Monday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. ET / PT
In 2011, archaeologists from the Valley of the Kings discovered the sealed entrance to a previously unknown tomb, the first sealed tomb discovered in 100 years. Inside are the remains of a dismembered mummy, a pile of rubble, and a coffin that is apparently 500 years younger than the tomb in which it resides. Scientists identify the dismembered body as a royal court woman who lived during Egypt’s golden age. Further investigation reveals a story of the looting and desecration of ancient Egyptian tombs, as well as the rise of the new elite who would eventually overthrow the Pharaohs.
BEASTS OF THE PHARAOHS
Premieres Monday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET / PT
In the cemetery of the first Egyptian rulers, archaeologists were shocked to find the carefully buried corpses of baboons, jackals, leopards and even a hippo. Forensic evidence shows that these animals were not originally from Egypt and were captured in remote locations. Why did these ancient Egyptians treat these animals like guests of honor, even burying them with the royal family? New revelations show that this “world’s first zoo” may have been the foundation of ancient Egyptian religion – and the source of the mysterious Egyptian animal-headed gods.
THE MINES OF KING SOLOMON
Premieres Monday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. ET / PT
For centuries, scholars, adventurers, saints and thieves have searched for the richest treasure mentioned in the Bible: the mines of King Solomon. Although the scriptures qualify Solomon as “richer than any other king,” ancient Israel does not appear to have any silver or gold mines that could account for Jerusalem’s gold-covered temple and palaces. But surprising new discoveries in the isolated Israeli desert are finally revealing the truth behind the legend: a long-forgotten mine, a former metallurgist encampment, and traces of a metal far more precious than gold.
SECRETS is produced by Blink Films for the Smithsonian Channel. Dan Chambers is a producer for Blink Films. Tim Evans and David Royle are executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.