Secrets of the Dead

Secrets of the Dead

2000 - 2017, History, Other, Science
Historical documentary series where archaeologists and forensic anthropologists explore mysteries of the past. Narrated by Liev Schreiber

Episode Guide

  • Secrets of the Dead - Leonardo: The Man Who Saved Science (Season 16 Episode 5)
    Season 16 Episode 5:

    Leonardo: The Man Who Saved Science

    New evidence suggests that many of Leonardo da Vinci's ideas can be traced to other scientists, as far back as 1,700 years.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Nero's Sunken City (Season 16 Episode 4)
    Season 16 Episode 4:

    Nero's Sunken City

    Underwater secrets reveal a seaside city where Nero and Julius Caesar once lived.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Van Gogh's Ear (Season 16 Episode 3)
    Season 16 Episode 3:

    Van Gogh's Ear

    Details about the night of Dec. 23, 1888, when Vincent van Gogh cut his ear in the town of Arles, France.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Graveyard of the Giant Beasts (Season 16 Episode 2)
    Season 16 Episode 2:

    Graveyard of the Giant Beasts

    Scientists try to determine which animal was the apex predator 58 million years ago -- a 43-foot-long snake called the titanoboa or a giant crocodilian.

  • Secrets of the Dead - After Stonehenge (Season 16 Episode 1)
    Season 16 Episode 1:

    After Stonehenge

    Researchers working in secret inside a quarry study the charred remains of an English settlement that dates back 3,000 years.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Teotihuacan's Lost Kings (Season 15 Episode 5)
    Season 15 Episode 5:

    Teotihuacan's Lost Kings

    Scientists explore royal tombs beneath an ancient Mexican city, which may reveal clues about the Teotihuacan culture and its people.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Cleopatra's Lost Tomb (Season 15 Episode 4)
    Season 15 Episode 4:

    Cleopatra's Lost Tomb

    Dr. Kathleen Martinez searches for Cleopatra's lost tomb in a 35-meter deep underground shaft.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Alcatraz Escape (Season 15 Episode 3)
    Season 15 Episode 3:

    The Alcatraz Escape

    Scientists theorize that the three men who escaped Alcatraz in 1962 may have been able to survive, contradicting the original thought that they perished at sea.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Jamestown's Dark Winter (Season 15 Episode 2)
    Season 15 Episode 2:

    Jamestown's Dark Winter

    Forensic anthropologists excavate the early American colony of Jamestown, Va., and find bones of a 14-year-old English girl.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Vampire Legend (Season 15 Episode 1)
    Season 15 Episode 1:

    Vampire Legend

    Scientists uncover deviant burials dating back to medieval England which may offer insight into the reasons for the formation of myths about vampires.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Real Trojan Horse (Season 14 Episode 2)
    Season 14 Episode 2:

    The Real Trojan Horse

    Archaeological evidence may explain how ancient Greeks got inside Troy.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Ben Franklin's Bones (Season 14 Episode 1)
    Season 14 Episode 1:

    Ben Franklin's Bones

    Human skeletal remains found in the basement of Ben Franklin's British residence may have been used for science.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Resurrecting Richard III (Season 13 Episode 6)
    Season 13 Episode 6:

    Resurrecting Richard III

    Scientists test the bones of England's fierce King Richard III.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Mona Lisa Mystery (Season 13 Episode 5)
    Season 13 Episode 5:

    The Mona Lisa Mystery

    Art historians and other specialists examine an earlier version of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Lost Gardens of Babylon (Season 13 Episode 4)
    Season 13 Episode 4:

    The Lost Gardens of Babylon

    Where the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were located, what they looked like and how they were constructed.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Carthage's Lost Warriors (Season 13 Episode 3)
    Season 13 Episode 3:

    Carthage's Lost Warriors

    Scientific evidence suggests Carthaginians fleeing the Romans may have taken refuge in South America.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone (Season 13 Episode 2)
    Season 13 Episode 2:

    The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone

    New forensic technology helps researchers study Dr. David Livingstone's lost diary, which reveals he witnessed the massacre of slaves by their traders.

  • Secrets of the Dead - JFK: One PM Central Standard Time (Season 13 Episode 1)
    Season 13 Episode 1:

    JFK: One PM Central Standard Time

    Reporting from Dallas and the New York CBS Newsroom the day President John F. Kennedy was shot, including Walter Cronkite's emotional announcement that the president had died; Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Marvin Kalb and Marianne Means.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Bones of the Buddha (Season 12 Episode 6)
    Season 12 Episode 6:

    Bones of the Buddha

    Historian Charles Allen investigates whether ash and bone discovered in Northern India in 1898 are remains of the Buddha.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Ultimate Tut (Season 12 Episode 5)
    Season 12 Episode 5:

    Ultimate Tut

    New scientific research provides insights into how King Tutankhamen was buried, why his tomb remained intact and how he died.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Cavemen Cold Case (Season 12 Episode 4)
    Season 12 Episode 4:

    Cavemen Cold Case

    Scientists say some of the 49,000 year-old Neanderthal bones discovered in El Sidrón, Spain, bear signs of cannibalism.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Death on the Railroad (Season 12 Episode 3)
    Season 12 Episode 3:

    Death on the Railroad

    Forensic and scientific analysis help determine how 57 Irish immigrants died less than two months after arriving in Pennsylvania to work on the railroad.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Bugging Hitler's Soldiers (Season 12 Episode 2)
    Season 12 Episode 2:

    Bugging Hitler's Soldiers

    German POWs reveal inner thoughts about the Third Reich, including military secrets that helped the Allies win World War II.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Man Who Saved the World (Season 12 Episode 1)
    Season 12 Episode 1:

    The Man Who Saved the World

    An officer aboard a Soviet submarine refuses to fire a nuclear torpedo during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The World's Biggest Bomb (Season 11 Episode 4)
    Season 11 Episode 4:

    The World's Biggest Bomb

    American and Soviet scientists engage in a dangerous race to build and detonate the world's largest bomb.

  • Secrets of the Dead - China's Terracotta Warriors (Season 11 Episode 3)
    Season 11 Episode 3:

    China's Terracotta Warriors

    More than 2,000 years ago the Chinese produced 8,000 painted terracotta warriors.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Lost in the Amazon (Season 11 Episode 2)
    Season 11 Episode 2:

    Lost in the Amazon

    Col. Percy Fawcett disappeared in 1925 while searching for an ancient lost city in Brazil.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Lost Ships of Rome (Season 11 Episode 1)
    Season 11 Episode 1:

    Lost Ships of Rome

    Five ancient Roman ships sit upright and intact on the seabed of the remote Italian island Ventotene.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Slave Ship Mutiny (Season 10 Episode 4)
    Season 10 Episode 4:

    Slave Ship Mutiny

    Although slaves overpower the Dutch crew on the Meermin, the ship ends up wrecked on a beach 200 miles east of Cape Town.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Silver Pharaoh (Season 10 Episode 3)
    Season 10 Episode 3:

    The Silver Pharaoh

    The royal tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes I was discovered in 1939, filled with jewels and treasure.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Deadliest Battle (Season 10 Episode 2)
    Season 10 Episode 2:

    Deadliest Battle

    The Battle of Stalingrad resulted in the loss of more than one million lives and changed the course of World War II.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Churchill's Deadly Decision (Season 10 Episode 1)
    Season 10 Episode 1:

    Churchill's Deadly Decision

    Fearing Germany would seize the French fleet, and thereby invade Britain, Winston Churchill decides to have the fleet destroyed.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Japanese SuperSub (Season 9 Episode 4)
    Season 9 Episode 4:

    Japanese SuperSub

    Japan creates an aircraft carrier submarine to attack the U.S. and blow up the Panama Canal.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Mumbai Massacre (Season 9 Episode 3)
    Season 9 Episode 3:

    Mumbai Massacre

    Modern consumer technology enabled terrorists to coordinate and plan bombings in Mumbai in 2008.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Airmen and the Headhunters (Season 9 Episode 2)
    Season 9 Episode 2:

    Airmen and the Headhunters

    A U.S. bomber crew shot down over the jungles of Japanese-occupied Borneo during World War II is rescued by Dayak tribesmen.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Michelangelo Revealed (Season 9 Episode 1)
    Season 9 Episode 1:

    Michelangelo Revealed

    Art historian Antonio Forcellino has found evidence that Michelangelo was involved with a group trying to reform the Catholic church.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Blackbeard's Lost Ship (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Season 8 Episode 4:

    Blackbeard's Lost Ship

    Marine archeologists discover and excavate the 300-year-old wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge, the pirate Blackbeard's flagship.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Executed in Error (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    Executed in Error

    New evidence raises questions about the conviction of Hawley Crippen, accused of poisoning and dismembering his wife in 1910.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Sinking Atlantis (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    Sinking Atlantis

    The rise and fall of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Das war Atlantis (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    Das war Atlantis

    The rise and fall of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Doping for Gold (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    Doping for Gold

    During the 1970s, East German athletes, some as young as 12, were forced to take untested steroids and male hormones.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Escape From Auschwitz (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    Escape From Auschwitz

    Two Slovak Jews were the first to escape from the Auschwitz death camp and relay to the world the Nazi extermination plan being being carried out there.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Aztec Massacre (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Aztec Massacre

    A new discovery outside Mexico City sheds light on the violent relations between the Aztecs and the Conquistadors.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Irish Escape (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    Irish Escape

    The voyage of the Catalpa was a covert rescue mission to facilitate the escape of six Irish political prisoners.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Headless Romans (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    Headless Romans

    Thirty decapitated Roman bodies found in York sparks an intense investigation.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Herculaneum Uncovered (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Herculaneum Uncovered

    Scientists piece together how Pompeii's sister city, Herculaneum, was buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Battle for the Bible (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    Battle for the Bible

    A group of men sets out to bring the Scriptures to people in their own language, launching a religious revolution that changes the course of history.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Dogfight Over Guadalcanal (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    Dogfight Over Guadalcanal

    A re-creation of the dogfight between one American and one Japanese pilot who faced each other over the Pacific in the summer of 1942.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Umbrella Assassin (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Umbrella Assassin

    Evidence may reveal the workings of the umbrella gun, used by the KGB to murder a Bulgarian dissident, and who pulled the trigger.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Sinking of the Andrea Doria (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    The Sinking of the Andrea Doria

    The 1956 sinking of the Andrea Doria; why divers have died exploring the wreck; details of a possible cover-up.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Voyage of the Courtesans (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Voyage of the Courtesans

    Female convicts set up a lucrative business, offering themselves to sailors on a ship sailing from London to Australia in 1789.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Gangland Graveyard (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Gangland Graveyard

    Joseph "Big Joey" Massino cooperates with FBI agents, violating the vow of silence keeping the Mafia in power; Liev Schreiber narrates.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Hunt for Nazi Scientists (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    The Hunt for Nazi Scientists

    Host Liev Schreiber narrates an account of the race to capture Germany's top scientists during the waning days of World War II.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Amazon Warrior Women (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Amazon Warrior Women

    Discovery of female remains leads to theories about the Amazon warriors.

  • Secrets of the Dead - D-Day (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:


    How the Allied invasion, which included almost 7,000 ships, 160,000 soldiers 17,000 paratroopers and 3,000 planes, resulted in victory on June 6, 1944.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Shroud of Christ? (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Shroud of Christ?

    Evidence that helps prove the Turin Shroud is indeed 2,000 years old, dating back to the time of Jesus Christ.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Killer Flu (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Killer Flu

    Modern scientists are trying to determine the cause of the 1918 flu pandemic that killed millions of people.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Bridge on the River Kwai (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Bridge on the River Kwai

    Interviews, modern science, reconstructions and archival footage depict the construction and destruction of Thailand's River Kwai railroad during World War II.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Bombing Nazi Dams (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Bombing Nazi Dams

    An investigation targets the creation, testing and deployment of bombs designed to destroy dams to impede German steel production during World War II.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Tragedy at the Pole (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Tragedy at the Pole

    Scientist Susan Solomon reconstructs the Robert F. Scott's journey to the South Pole using meteorological data, satellite imagery and expedition accounts.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Great Fire of Rome (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    The Great Fire of Rome

    Historical investigation and modern forensic analysis examine the origins of the 64 A.D. fire in Rome.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Titanic's Ghosts (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Titanic's Ghosts

    Dr. Ryan Parr and a team of scientists use DNA to try to identify 43 bodies recovered from the Titanic.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Mystery of the Black Death (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Mystery of the Black Death

    Geneticist Steven O'Brien travels to an English town where a genetic mutation made some immune to the black plague that ravaged medieval Europe.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Search for the First Human (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Search for the First Human

    A team of scientists claim fossilized bones discovered in Kenya during a 2000 excavation are the oldest direct ancestor to humankind.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Syphilis Enigma (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    The Syphilis Enigma

    Archaeologists attempt to learn the origin of syphilis and disprove theories that link it to the Carib Indians met by Columbus and his followers.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Tomb of Christ (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Tomb of Christ

    Researchers Martin Biddle and his wife, Birthe Kjolbye-Biddle, try to determine if Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the site of Jesus' tomb.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Day of the Zulu (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Day of the Zulu

    Archaeologists reconstruct the Battle of Isandlwana in which the Zulu army handed the invading British troops their worst Victorian-era defeat.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Death at Jamestown (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Death at Jamestown

    Archaeologists rethink traditional theories regarding the extermination of the New World colony after discovering evidence of disease, warfare and poisoning.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Murder at Stonehenge (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Murder at Stonehenge

    When an ancient body is found in a shallow grave at Stonehenge, archaeologist Mike Pitts investigates the cause of death.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Witches' Curse (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Witches' Curse

    A psychologist searches for a scientific explanation for the behavior of the accused during the Salem witch trials of 1692.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Cannibalism in the Canyon (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Cannibalism in the Canyon

    Recent findings by paleoanthropologist Christy Turner link the disappearance of the Anasazi around 1200 A.D. to cannibalism, a claim that has stirred fierce debate.

  • Secrets of the Dead - What Happened to the Hindenburg?; Cannibalism in the Canyon (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    What Happened to the Hindenburg?; Cannibalism in the Canyon

    A hydrogen specialist tries to explain what happened to the Hindenburg; a paleoanthropologist believes the Anasazi culture involved cannibalism.

  • Secrets of the Dead - What Happened to the Hindenburg? (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    What Happened to the Hindenburg?

    A hydrogen specialist tries to explain what happened to the Hindenburg.

  • Secrets of the Dead - The Lost Vikings (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Lost Vikings

    Archaeologists and forensic anthropologists investigate what may have happened to a Viking colony.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Catastrophe! (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:


    A devastating volcanic eruption in A.D. 535 leads to the emergence of new nations and religions.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Catastrophe! (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Researching a climatic catastrophe that rocked the Earth in A.D. 535, causing two years of darkness, famine, drought and disease.

  • Secrets of the Dead - Sounds From the Stone Age (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    Sounds From the Stone Age

  • Secrets of the Dead - What Sank the Mary Rose? (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    What Sank the Mary Rose?

    Experts gather together to try to pin down the reason for the disaster.