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Using cutting-edge forensic techniques on the skeletons of long-dead warriors, this series examines the lives and deaths of soldiers from history

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Using cutting-edge forensic techniques on the skeletons of long-dead warriors, this series examines the lives and deaths of soldiers from history

  • Nelson's Navy: Back from the Dead

    Nelson's Navy: Back from the Dead

    Three-hundred-and-fifty skeletons, exhumed from Royal Navy graveyards from the age of Nelson's Navy, are throwing an extraordinary new light on how these sailors lived, fought, outwitted their enemy, and, from the oldest to youngest, suffered for victory.

    These men were the beating heart of the most victorious fleet in history and never have so many of these sailors' remains been available for forensic investigation.

    Six remarkable stories stand out: the child sailor, the top man, the American gunner, the freed slave, the marine and the victim of the sailor's most dreaded disease: syphilis.

    No longer just bones in a box, the men of Nelson's Navy are back from the dead.

  • Crusaders: Back from the Dead

    Crusaders: Back from the Dead

    Excavations along the Israel/Jordan border are unearthing skeletons and rewriting the history of the First Crusade.

    The site at Jacob's Ford is the only known Crusader battle site with complete skeletons.

    Back from the Dead joins the excavation and examines the remains of some of the 80 Crusader Knights and 750 foot soldiers stationed at the fort when it was attacked and its Crusaders massacred by Saladin's army in 1179, in the battle that changed the course of history in the Middle East.

  • Samurai: Back from the Dead

    Samurai: Back from the Dead

    The unearthing of a gruesome grave filled with thousands of skeletons at Kamakura in Japan could hold the answers to the mystery surrounding the true origins of one of the most feared and revered warriors of all time: the Samurai.

    The chilling burial ground dates back to 1333. Kamakura was a one of the most heavily fortified regions of Japan. When the Emperor became angered by the growing powers of the ruling Hojo family, he sought to retake control of the region, setting the stage for a war that would change the shape of the nation.

    Among over 4000 sets of remains, six have a unique story to tell: the husband and wife involved in a sword fight to the death; the warrior monk; a peasant boy soldier; and members of the ruling Hojo family, captured and decapitated, with their heads displayed as trophies of victory.

    These remains reveal the secrets of the Samurai , their ferocious fighting skills and their merciless killing techniques.

Back from the Dead synopsis

Using cutting-edge forensic techniques on the skeletons of long-dead warriors, this series examines the lives and deaths of soldiers from history

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