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SACRED SITES (2016)

Over six episodes, ‘Sacred Sites of the World’ will give fascinating new perspectives on sacred sites in different times and settings throughout history. Each episode will entice viewers with a fundamental new take on the sites in question and the people or group that constructed them. Was the fabulous rock-cut city of Petra once ruled by a ‘lost matriarchy’? Were prophecies at ancient Greek oracles triggered by tectonic turmoil and electromagnetic fields? Did the Knights Templar belong to an obscure cult that worshipped John the Baptist? Based on new scientific breakthroughs and compelling archaeological and historical research, this series offers ...

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Over six episodes, this series will give fascinating new perspectives on sacred sites in different times and settings throughout history. Each episode entices viewers with a powerful hook, a fundamental new take on the sites in question and the people or group that constructed them. Was the fabulous rock-cut city of Petra once ruled by a ‘lost matriarchy’? Were prophecies at ancient Greek oracles triggered by tectonic turmoil and electromagnetic fields? Did the Knights Templar belong to an obscure cult that worshipped John the Baptist? Through expert analysis, scientific breakthroughs and fresh archaeological discoveries 'Sacred Sites' answers these long asked questions. Ultimately we will see how these discoveries add to our knowledge of civilisation and gain insights into what this tells us about ourselves and the world we live in today.

TEXT BY STEPHEN ROOKE / TUESDAY 16TH FEB 2016 (9 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AGO) / 0 COMMENTS / 307 WORDS / 1494 VIEWS


The official release date for Sacred Sites is June 2016

Were ancient Greek prophecies triggered by seismic activity? Does a recent discovery in the Vatican Archives reveal the truth about the Knights Templar? What were the origins of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead? These are just some of the intriguing mysteries that will be explored in “Sacred Sites”, a 6 x 1 hour Ultra High Definition series which premiered on the Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. and Canada on  Monday 12th September. The six episodes focus on the ancient Nabataean kingdom of Petra, the Knights Templar, ancient Greek oracles, ancient Egypt, the Native American civilization of Chaco Canyon, and ancient Ireland.


Filmed on location in fourteen countries, the series is directed and produced by Tile Films’ Managing Director Stephen Rooke (Wrecking the Rising, Seven Women, Saving the Titanic, Waterways) and written and researched by Tile Films’ Head of Development, David Ryan (After Braveheart, Cromwell in Ireland). “It was a real labour of love making ‘Sacred Sites’,” Stephen said. “We were delighted to work with the Smithsonian Channel to produce a series that showcases these amazing places in stunning 4K, and also highlights the ground-breaking new research that is being done.”


Over 30 million households in the U.S. and Canada subscribe to the Smithsonian Channel and Smithsonian commissioned Tile Films to produce the series in 2015 after the pilot episode, “Sacred Sites: Ireland” (broadcast in 2014) rated extremely well on the Channel. Founded by Stephen Rooke in 1989, Tile Films has had a long-standing and extremely fruitful relationship with the Smithsonian Channel, and hopes to continue this partnership in the years to come. 


“Sacred Sites” is a Tile Films production for the Smithsonian Channel. Stephen Rooke is executive producer for Tile Films, while David Royle and Tim Evans serve as executive producers for Smithsonian.
 


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