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Secrets of the Dead (2000): The Lost Vikings
SECRETS OF THE DEAD (2000): 2. THE LOST VIKINGS
Why did a thriving colony of Vikings suddenly disappear from the Greenland coast?
SECRETS OF THE DEAD
Today, scientists from a whole range of disciplines, armed with advanced technology and a determination to know the truth, are penetrating myths and legends to arrive at important conclusions about the causes and consequences of these dark mysteries.
2. THE LOST VIKINGS
Why did Greenland's Vikings disappear? The Vikings of Greenland left no clues to their sudden and mysterious disappearance. Or did they? On a desolate coat of Greenland, an international team of archaeologists, forensic anthropologists, and botanists sets out to investigate clues in a complex chain of events that may have led to the demise of a Viking colony. Unearthing the ruins of a settlement that included a cathedral complete with stained glass, the scientists carefully identify and date the vestiges of the Viking society. Among the discoveries are a "mini Ice Age," a war with the neighboring Inuits, and a religious order that may have doomed the Vikings to obsolescence.
Narrator ROY SCHEIDER
Executive Producer BETH HOPPE
Executive-in-Charge WILLIAM R. GRANT
Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 (UK) DAN CHAMBERS
Offline Editors ROGER SHUFFLEBOTTOM and SAM BENNETT
Music ROBERT HARTSHORNE
Coordinating Producer JARED LIPWORTH
Executive Producer for Granite Productions SIMON WELFARE
Producer / Director DAVID WRIGHT
Copyright © 1999, 2000 Educational Broadcasting Corporation in association with Granite Productions, Channel 4 (UK), and Thirteen / WNET New York. All rights reserved.
Original air date: May 16, 2000.