The official release date for Sacred Sites - Season 2 is August 2018
Building on the success of ‘Sacred Sites’ Season 1, this new series of episodes gives fascinating new perspectives on a further six civilizations and their amazing sacred sites. In a similar vein to Season 1, each episode is underpinned by a powerful hook, a central thesis or mystery. Over the course of each episode the story unfolds as we explore the civilization’s religious monuments and shrines and uncover clues that lead us closer to solving the mystery. We also discover more about the civilization’s religious beliefs and rituals, how they reflected the realities of their lives and their struggle for survival, and how they are revealed in their sacred sites. New archaeological discoveries and scientific research provides us with amazing new perspectives and insights which help us resolve the compelling key question posed by the central thesis.
The six episodes focus on the timeworn pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela, the haunting Stone Age temples of Malta, the mystical sites associated with King Arthur and Dark Age Britain, the sanctuaries of powerful Egyptian priestesses, the spectacular and evocative cities of the Maya, and the Nazi obsession with an atmospheric German sacred site, the Externsteine.
Each film is driven by a gripping narrative in which the sites are the settings for a compelling new revelation. Often, this raises controversial or taboo questions. Did Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler search the ancient monuments of the Saxons for proof of an Aryan super race? Are the hallowed relics of St James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela really the bones of a forgotten heretic? Did ancient Egyptian priestesses celebrate rituals in which sex played a key role?
The series is lavishly filmed on 4K UHD and showcases the breathtaking architecture and stunning settings of some of the spectacular and mysterious sacred sites. Spectacular aerial footage, filmed using the latest drone technology, reveals the scale and layout of each sacred site. Understanding the lives of the people who built these structures is central to the series. At key moments, we recreate their world and their extraordinary beliefs through evocative drama re-enactments, bringing it to life in a realistic and potent manner.
- EPISODE 1 - SACRED SITES: KING ARTHUR
- EPISODE 2 - SACRED SITES: THE MAYA
- EPISODE 3 - SACRED SITES: THE CAMINO
- EPISODE 4 - SACRED SITES: MALTA
- EPISODE 5 - SACRED SITES: EGYPTIAN PRIESTESSES
- EPISODE 6 - SACRED SITES: NAZI MYTHS
INTERESTING INTERNET LINKS
Monday 30th Jul 2018 - https://smithsonianchannel.com/shows/sac...
A further episode guide from the Smithsonian website.
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