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Secrets of the Stone Age (3 Parts)

Synopsis
Conventional history says that civilisation started 5000 years ago with the Egyptians. This series of three programmes, presented by anthropologist Richard Rudgley, surveys the 2 million years of prehistory and challenges that opinion.

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Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2005
Year of production
2000
Notes
Originally broadcast on Channel 4 in 3 weekly parts, beginning 10 Jan 2000.
Subjects
Anthropology; Archaeology
Keywords
cultural evolution; prehistoric cultures; Stone Age

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£14.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2005

Type
VHS
Price
£12.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2005

Sections

Title
Wisdom of the Stones, The
Synopsis
In this first episode of the documentary series, Rudgley travels from New York to Egypt in search of evidence of writing, medicine and architecture from the Neolithic Age - 8000 to 3000 BC. He visits 5000 year old Oetzi the Ice Man, New York’s Central Park, temples to a Mother Goddess in Malta and probably the oldest city in the world - a settlement in Turkey.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Frozen in Time
Synopsis
This edition asks whether our primitive ancestors possessed unsuspected talents in art, medicine and mathematics. Rudgley shows that mammoths and primitive cave paintings are not the only relics of the Ice Age. He visits a 35,000 year old bead factory, finds a collection of sculpted figurines and explores the beautifully painted cave cathedrals buried deep in the earth. The programme dismisses the traditional view of cave men and replaces it with a portrait of an intelligent society where women and children were very important.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Human Story, The
Synopsis
Rudgley shows that as many as 800,000 years ago people were able to cross water, probably had rafts and were capable of communication. He speculates on what can be learnt from our Stone Age ancestors.
Duration
60 mins

Production Company

Name

Granada Television

Sponsor

Name

Channel Four Television

Phone
071-396 4444
Address
LONDON
SW1P 2TX

Distributor

 

Available from retail outlets

Name

Simply Media

Contact
Laura Smith
Email
info@simplymedia.tv
Web
http://www.simplymedia.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0203 542 3722
Address
Highlight House
57 Margaret Street
London W1W 8SJ
Notes
Formerly known as DD Home Entertainment or DDHE

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