Rome's Lost Empire

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

“Like Aetius at Chalons we have to smash the barbarian hoard [sic],” tweeted historian Dan Snow when he realised his documentary about ancient Rome would be screened during The X Factor final, though they’re hardly aimed at the same audience.

He’s teamed up with American space archaeologist Sarah Parcak, who analyses images from satellites orbiting 700km above the Earth in order to find ancient structures that have long been buried. Using a combination of modern technology and traditional archaeology methods, the pair track down the remains of buildings from the Roman Empire. “It’s a bit more extreme than Time Team,” says Snow, “and we actually found some stuff as well.”

About this programme

Dan Snow uses the latest satellite technology to reveal the secrets of ancient Rome. Teaming up with archaeologist Sarah Parcak, the presenter sets out to identify and then track down lost cities, amphitheatres and forts in an adventure that sees him travel through some of the most spectacular parts of the vast empire.

Cast and crew

Cast

Presenter
Dan Snow
Contributor
Sarah Parcak

Crew

Director
Jeff Wilkinson
Producer
Jeff Wilkinson
Categories
Documentary

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