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Rome's Lost Empire

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“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.”


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 & Crew

Presenter Dan Snow
Contributor Sarah Parcak
Director Jeff Wilkinson
Producer Jeff Wilkinson


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