Archaeology: A Secret History

In the Beginning

Series 1 - Episode 1 In the Beginning



Archaeology isn’t a new, rigidly scientific discipline. According to Dr Richard Miles (presenter of 2010’s Ancient Worlds), the first person to set out to dig up the past was the Emperor Constantine’s aged mother Helena, who searched the Near East in the early fourth century for physical evidence of the life and death of Christ.

The fascination with human history continued through the Renaissance and into the Enlightenment and the pioneers who developed fieldwork and surveying. But in a world where the Bible is gospel, what do you do when you find objects that clearly tell a very different story and go much further back than Genesis?


Richard Miles charts the history of archaeological breakthroughs in a mission to understand the ancient past. In the first programme, he explores how the profession began by trying to prove a biblical truth.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Richard Miles
Director Nicola Seare
Producer Nicola Seare