Decoding the Past

Decoding the Past

2005 - 2008, History, Other
Investigating mysteries from the past.

Episode Guide

  • Decoding the Past - Siberian Apocalypse (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Siberian Apocalypse

  • Decoding the Past - Decoding the Garden of Eden (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Decoding the Garden of Eden

  • Decoding the Past - Mysteries of the Garden of Eden (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Mysteries of the Garden of Eden

    Satellite photography, ancient texts and other clues point to the location of the Garden of Eden, shedding light on the mystery of how paradise was lost and where it might be found.

  • Decoding the Past - Mysteries of the Freemasons: The Beginning (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Mysteries of the Freemasons: The Beginning

    Exploring whether the Freemasons an honorable thread in the fabric of America or a strangely powerful organization, bent on political domination.

  • Decoding the Past - Earth's Black Hole (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Earth's Black Hole

    Areas on Earth exhibit aspects of black holes; the Bermuda Triangle.

  • Decoding the Past - Doomsday 2012: The End of Days (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Doomsday 2012: The End of Days

    Prophecies and oracles around the world point to Dec. 21, 2012, as doomsday.

  • Decoding the Past - Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil

    The mysterious ritual of exorcism.

  • Decoding the Past - Tibetan Book of the Dead (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Tibetan Book of the Dead

    Some believe that the Tibetan Book of the Dead provides answers to questions about the afterlife.

  • Decoding the Past - Vampire Secrets (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Vampire Secrets

    The truth behind the legend of the vampire.

  • Decoding the Past - Cults: Dangerous Devotion (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Cults: Dangerous Devotion

    Scholars and survivors discuss the mystery of cults.

  • Decoding the Past - The Spear of Christ (Season 2 Episode 39)
    Season 2 Episode 39:

    The Spear of Christ

    Any of four artifacts may be the Holy Lance.

  • Decoding the Past - Secrets of Kabbalah (Season 2 Episode 38)
    Season 2 Episode 38:

    Secrets of Kabbalah

    The history and philosophy of cabala.

  • Decoding the Past - Seven Wonders of the World (Season 2 Episode 37)
    Season 2 Episode 37:

    Seven Wonders of the World

    Examining the Seven Wonders of the World.

  • Decoding the Past - The Real Sorcerer's Stone (Season 2 Episode 36)
    Season 2 Episode 36:

    The Real Sorcerer's Stone

    The "Sorcerer's Stone" of "Harry Potter" fame has a basis in history.

  • Decoding the Past - In Search of the Real Frankenstein (Season 2 Episode 35)
    Season 2 Episode 35:

    In Search of the Real Frankenstein

    Johann Konrad Dippel tried to `reanimate' corpses using science in the 17th century; the dastardly doctor was later imprisoned for alchemy and body-snatching.

  • Decoding the Past - Secrets of the Playing Card (Season 2 Episode 34)
    Season 2 Episode 34:

    Secrets of the Playing Card

    Playing cards possess mystical properties.

  • Decoding the Past - Mayan Doomsday Prophecy (Season 2 Episode 33)
    Season 2 Episode 33:

    Mayan Doomsday Prophecy

    Archaeologists, astrologers and historians speculate on the meaning of the 2012 doomsday prophecy.

  • Decoding the Past - Secrets of the Dollar Bill (Season 2 Episode 30)
    Season 2 Episode 30:

    Secrets of the Dollar Bill

    The meanings behind the symbols and numbers on the U.S. dollar bill.

  • Decoding the Past - Countdown to Armageddon (Season 2 Episode 29)
    Season 2 Episode 29:

    Countdown to Armageddon

    Recent world events lead some to believe that the end is near.

  • Decoding the Past - Strange Behavior (Season 2 Episode 28)
    Season 2 Episode 28:

    Strange Behavior

    Taboos in human society.

  • Decoding the Past - Giganto: The Real King Kong (Season 2 Episode 27)
    Season 2 Episode 27:

    Giganto: The Real King Kong

    The prehistoric Gigantopithecus, a real giant ape.

  • Decoding the Past - The Ten Commandments (Season 2 Episode 26)
    Season 2 Episode 26:

    The Ten Commandments

    Legal, religious and historical scholars reveal ways in which people have viewed the issues the Ten Commandments have raised throughout history.

  • Decoding the Past - Monsters of the Sea (Season 2 Episode 25)
    Season 2 Episode 25:

    Monsters of the Sea

    Sea monsters may be figments of the imagination or living relics of prehistoric times.

  • Decoding the Past - The Antichrist: Zero Hour (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    The Antichrist: Zero Hour

    Experts examine the myth of the Antichrist, prophesied to take control of Earth.

  • Decoding the Past - The Antichrist: Zero Hour (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    The Antichrist: Zero Hour

    The agenda of the Antichrist; the Apocalypse.

  • Decoding the Past - Fatima Secrets Unveiled (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Fatima Secrets Unveiled

    The Virgin Mary reveals three prophecies to children in 1917 Portugal.

  • Decoding the Past - Heaven and Hell (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Heaven and Hell

    The origins of heaven and hell and the symbols that represent them.

  • Decoding the Past - Angels: Good or Evil (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Angels: Good or Evil

    Some believe angels carry out God's orders.

  • Decoding the Past - 666: The Sign of Evil (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    666: The Sign of Evil

    The number 666 and its effects on society.

  • Decoding the Past - The End of the World (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    The End of the World

    The apocalypse.

  • Decoding the Past - Sodom & Gomorrah (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Sodom & Gomorrah

    Archaeologists find the ruins of two ancient cities near the Dead Sea thought to be the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • Decoding the Past - The Real Dracula (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    The Real Dracula

    Vampires in folklore; Vlad the Impaler.

  • Decoding the Past - Disaster of Napoleon's Fleet (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Disaster of Napoleon's Fleet

  • Decoding the Past - Hitler and the Occult (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Hitler and the Occult

    Ancient prophecies and occult rituals fascinate Nazi Germany.

  • Decoding the Past - The Abominable Snowman (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    The Abominable Snowman

    A search for the Abominable Snowman includes camera clips.

  • Decoding the Past - Secret Brotherhood of Freemasons (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Secret Brotherhood of Freemasons

    The secretive, mystical organization of Freemasons.

  • Decoding the Past - Secrets of the Koran (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Secrets of the Koran

    Explaining the text of the Quran.

  • Decoding the Past - Secrets of the Koran (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Secrets of the Koran

    Explaining the text of the Quran.

  • Decoding the Past - Lost Worlds (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Lost Worlds

    Atlantis; Amazon women; Stonehenge; Easter Island.

  • Decoding the Past - Monsters (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Monsters

    The Loch Ness Monster; Bigfoot; the Abominable Snowman.

  • Decoding the Past - Cover-Up? (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Cover-Up?

    Area 51; Lee Harvey Oswald; Marilyn Monroe; Robert F. Kennedy.

  • Decoding the Past - Prophecies (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Prophecies

    The accuracy of past predictions.

  • Decoding the Past - Prophecies, Miracles & Mystics (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Prophecies, Miracles & Mystics

    Prophets and their visions for the future.

  • Decoding the Past - The Doomsday Clock (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    The Doomsday Clock

    The University of Chicago maintains the Doomsday Clock.

  • Decoding the Past - Opus Dei Unveiled (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Opus Dei Unveiled

    Opus Dei encourages Christians to live consistently with their faith.

  • Decoding the Past - Mysteries of the High Seas (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Mysteries of the High Seas

    The Bermuda Triangle; the Great Lakes; ghost ships; the New Jersey shoreline.

  • Decoding the Past - Bible Mysteries (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Bible Mysteries

    Noah's Ark; Sodom and Gomorrah; the Shroud of Turin; messages and codes within the text of the Old Testament.

  • Decoding the Past - Prophecies of Iraq (Season 1 Episode 31)
    Season 1 Episode 31:

    Prophecies of Iraq

    Prophets predict the destruction of ancient Babylon.

  • Decoding the Past - Unraveling the Shroud (Season 1 Episode 30)
    Season 1 Episode 30:

    Unraveling the Shroud

    Scientists test the Shroud of Turin.

  • Decoding the Past - Relics of the Passion (Season 1 Episode 29)
    Season 1 Episode 29:

    Relics of the Passion

    Sacred objects belonging to Jesus may be scattered around the globe.

  • Decoding the Past - Prophecies of Israel (Season 1 Episode 28)
    Season 1 Episode 28:

    Prophecies of Israel

    Prophecies found in the Tanach correlate with the birth, death, resurrection and possible future of Israel.

  • Decoding the Past - The Search for Noah's Ark (Season 1 Episode 27)
    Season 1 Episode 27:

    The Search for Noah's Ark

    Explorers search Mount Ararat and other targeted sites for the resting place of Noah's Ark.

  • Decoding the Past - Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle (Season 1 Episode 26)
    Season 1 Episode 26:

    Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle

    Exploring the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, a region that supposedly stretches from Florida to Puerto Rico and Bermuda, but isn't officially acknowledged.

  • Decoding the Past - Biblical Disasters (Season 1 Episode 24)
    Season 1 Episode 24:

    Biblical Disasters

    Biblical disasters included global flooding, fiery destruction, plagues, earthquakes, epidemics and famine.

  • Decoding the Past - Judas: Traitor or Friend? (Season 1 Episode 23)
    Season 1 Episode 23:

    Judas: Traitor or Friend?

    Judas' childhood, relationship with Jesus and the monumental decision that would characterize him forever.

  • Decoding the Past - The Oracle of Delphi Secrets Revealed (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    The Oracle of Delphi Secrets Revealed

    Ancient Greeks believe that the Oracle of Delphi speaks on behalf of the gods.

  • Decoding the Past - Visions of Mary (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Visions of Mary

    Thousands of believers across the world report experiencing Marian apparitions.

  • Decoding the Past - The Holy Grail (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    The Holy Grail

    Adventurers seek the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper.

  • Decoding the Past - The Other Nostradamus (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    The Other Nostradamus

    Edgar Cayce predicts World War II, the deaths of U.S. presidents and the Great Depression.

  • Decoding the Past - Cults (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Cults

    The Greek cult of Dionysus; early Christians; Church of Satan; People's Temple.

  • Decoding the Past - The Templar Code: The Quest for Templar Treasure (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    The Templar Code: The Quest for Templar Treasure

    The treasure of the Templar populates blockbuster movie and book plots seven centuries after their demise; actor Edward Herrmann narrates.

  • Decoding the Past - The Templar Code: Crusade for Secrecy (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    The Templar Code: Crusade for Secrecy

    The origins of the Templar; actor Edward Herrmann narrates.

  • Decoding the Past - Rommel: The Doubter (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Rommel: The Doubter

    Hitler recalls Erwin Rommel while the general is pursuing the British.

  • Decoding the Past - The Search for John the Baptist (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    The Search for John the Baptist

    John the Baptist has great meaning in Christianity.

  • Decoding the Past - Presidential Prophecies (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Presidential Prophecies

    Some presidents use psychics and experience visions.

  • Decoding the Past - Nazi Prophecies (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Nazi Prophecies

    Biblical prophecies and Nazi Germany.

  • Decoding the Past - Secret Societies (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Secret Societies

    Clandestine organizations of the past and present.

  • Decoding the Past - Apocalypse (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Apocalypse

    The Book of Revelation has many prophecies and symbolism.

  • Decoding the Past - Resurrection (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Resurrection

    Jesus' return from death.

  • Decoding the Past - The Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond

    Some look for cryptograms in the Bible outlining the past and future; military and intelligence organizations interact with a code.

  • Decoding the Past - The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon

    Using the Bible to predict events.

  • Decoding the Past - The Shroud of Turin (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Shroud of Turin

    A ghostly image appears on a burial cloth.

  • Decoding the Past - Countdown to Armageddon (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Countdown to Armageddon

    Scientists' views on random natural catastrophes vs. fundamentalist Christian beliefs that unique events are signs of the Apocalypse.

  • Decoding the Past - Countdown to Armageddon (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Countdown to Armageddon

    Examining whether asteroids hurtling toward Earth, super volcanoes, global warming and killer viruses are natural catastrophes or signs of the Apocalypse.

  • Decoding the Past - Nostradamus: 500 Years Later (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Nostradamus: 500 Years Later

    Nostradamus lives in an age of superstition and magic and believes that he can foretell the future.

  • Decoding the Past - Beyond The Da Vinci Code (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Beyond The Da Vinci Code

    Author Dan Brown puts forth astonishing hypotheses in his novel that tries to link a mystery to the life of Jesus.

  • Decoding the Past - Godfathers (Episode 60)
    Episode 60:

    Godfathers

    La Cosa Nostra exploits major cycles and crises throughout history.

  • Decoding the Past - America (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    America

    Freemasonry's impact on America.

  • Decoding the Past - The Beginning (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    The Beginning

    Freemasons believe their rituals are harmless.