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Unearthed

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Science and archeology show informative but a little dry.

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Positive Messages

Scientific method can be used to help us potentially understand how and why ancient monuments were built. Notes that we know very little about some of these things.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Scientists explore but respect the sites that they visit and study. 

Violence

References are made to sacrifice, deaths, etc. as part of ancient rituals. The destruction or disappearance of people is also discussed, but in a historic context. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Unearthed is a reality series that reveals some of the secrets behind iconic archeological and oceanic discoveries and monuments from around the world. It offers cultural and engineering details behind these structures. There's nothing to be worried about here, but since it's a little dry, it'll probably appeal most to viewers already interested in history, archeology, and engineering.

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What's the story?

UNEARTHED is a reality series that reveals some of the secrets behind iconic archeological and oceanic discoveries and monuments from around the world. From a lost Mayan city in the dense jungle of Tikal to the discovery of the largest megalithic stone circles in Avebury, England, the show combines scientific investigations and computer-generated imagery to demonstrate how they were built. It also details how some of these locations seemed to disappear, only to be rediscovered later. What they find helps experts continue to learn more about each phenomena.

Is it any good?

This interesting series highlights how scientists can use traditional discovery and modern animation techniques to create a better understanding of how iconic places unearthed over the centuries were built and used. It also tries to figure out why, in some cases, they were abandoned. While it's possible to offer many concrete details about engineering of these monuments, what they find often leads to more questions. Beautiful photography, dynamic imagery, and music are used to keep it all from sounding too dry. Nonetheless, if you're interested in archeology, history, or engineering, you'll find Unearthed's detailed explanations and discussions worth paying attention to.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons people study ancient ruins and other archeological wonders. What makes studying the past important today? 

  • How do the experts featured in Unearthed apply science and engineering to the study of ancient history? What techniques are they using? How do we know that the theories they have about what they find are correct? Is it possible to ever really know? 

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