Digging for the Truth

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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If Indiana Jones had his own TV show.

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Positive Messages

The series shows how various disciplines (archaeology, forensic science, history, biology) work together to make sense of clues from ancient mysteries.

Violence & Scariness

Some re-enactments and computer-generated images replay battles, floods, volcanoes, and other historic disasters, which occasionally include some shots of blood.

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"Hell" is used rarely.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this intriguing series uses scientific research to gauge the likelihood of various theories surrounding archaeological mysteries. Experts in science, history, religion, and mythology offer their views on long-standing questions (the possible location of the Ark of the Covenant, the existence of the doomed biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, etc.). Both parents and kids will be fascinated by the theories, as well as how they're investigated in the series. But you may want to brush up on the episode topics in case your kids need help deciphering anything.

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What's the story?

In DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH, host Josh Bernstein travels to the far corners of the world in search of clues to some of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries. Using expert testimony, dramatic re-enactments, and high-tech computer-generated imagery, Bernstein presents various theories on each topic and offers scientific facts that either support or disprove them. Episodes have attempted to answer questions surrounding everything from the fabled lost cities of the Amazon to the location of the Holy Grail and the tools of trade used by mighty Trojan warriors.

Is it any good?

Sporting rugged good looks and his trademark explorer hat, Bernstein looks like a plausible stand-in for Indiana Jones, but he does more talking than actual dirt turning on camera -- if you're looking for hard-and-fast facts and definitive answers to history's mysteries, you won't find them here. But the wealth of information offers plenty of intriguing food for thought.

Bernstein also makes the entire discovery process -- which otherwise might be as dry as the artifacts he uncovers -- entertaining and audience-friendly by adding touches of suspense ("I've never seen that before!") and explaining in everyday language any technical jargon used by the experts. Digging for the Truth offers educational entertainment -- and lots to discuss -- for parents and tweens to enjoy together. You may want to read up on the subject matter before tuning in so you can answer your kids' questions, but chances are you'll both learn a lot from this intriguing series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the scientific process. What kinds of science are used in the show? How do the experts use technology to separate fact from theory? How certain are their results? Is it even possible to get a real answer on ancient mysteries? If not, why do people keep trying? Kids: What kinds of science are you interested in? Which theories would you investigate using science?

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