Secrets of the Dead: Season 2 (2001)

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Air date: Jun 26, 2001

This episode of the popular PBS series takes an in-depth look at the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Nineteen people were convicted of witchcraft and executed. Over 150 others were imprisoned for varying periods of time. The witch trials are a shining example of mass hysteria, and the lessons they teach are still valuable today.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2001

This episode of the popular PBS series takes an in-depth look at the events surrounding the exhumation of an ancient corpse near the site of the ancient monument of Stonehenge. The possibility is strong that the corpse may have been the result of a murder. The fact that its head was severed supports this theory. Other theories abound, however, including speculation that this body may have been the result of some sort of ritual performed at the site. In this video, archaeologists turn detectives in order to shed some light on the topic.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2001

This episode of the popular PBS series takes an in-depth look at the struggles and fate of Jamestown, the first British colony on the North American continent. Pestilence claimed the lives of 80 of the first 100 colonists. This video investigates that fact as well as the other challenges that faced these people in their pursuit of a new life.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2001

This episode of the popular PBS series takes an in-depth look at the events surrounding the battle of Isandhlwana, a battle of the Victorian era between British regulars and Zulu tribesmen. The battle was a disaster for the British, costing them the colors of two regiments and the avoidable deaths of thousands of trained soldiers. This video unearths new facts about the battle, including new information about the Zulu military machine, including their use of mind-altering drugs.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2001

This episode of the popular PBS series takes an in-depth look at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, long thought by many Christians to be the tomb of Christ before his eventual resurrection. An English couple investigates the truth behind the myths and tries to shed some light on the events of that long ago day, as well as other issues of the Crucifixion.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2001

This episode of the popular PBS series takes an in-depth look at the apocryphal tales surrounding the introduction of the disease syphilis to the continent of Europe. Long considered to have been brought to the Old World by sailors from Columbus' voyages, new medical evidence and the investigation of experts is casting doubt on this old hypothesis.

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Critic Reviews for Secrets of the Dead Season 2

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It's a fascinating speculation and a worthy effort of dogged scientific detection.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

The success of this [episode] stemmed from its mixture of a modicum of science with a possible solution which was macabre but just about believable.

Mar 11, 2020 | Full Review…
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The program became a victim of its overvaulting ambition, pointlessly linking the ergot poisonings in Salem to the Grauballe man... Secrets Of The Dead severely damaged its credibility.

Mar 11, 2020 | Full Review…
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The story was well researched, cleverly told, with absolutely no gratuitous scenes... If you wanted to know about the 1863 Zulu victory over the British army, I can think of no finer television programme.

Mar 11, 2020 | Full Review…

In place of bells and whistles, they offer records and thermal photography. While the results are not quite as inconclusive as a James Cameron "discovery," at least we learn that their conclusions took 10 years of painstaking research.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

... those of you in need of a regular fix of forensic pathology could do a lot worse than tune in on Tuesday nights to Secrets of the Dead...

Feb 5, 2018 | Full Review…

While the topics are borderline sensational, they are presented in an almost clinical manner, dominated by talking heads. It's as if the producers are apologizing for being too provocative. Even in the summer, PBS is PBS.

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