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    Sacred Sites

    S1 E1 Petra

    In the rocky highlands of Jordan and the deserts of Saudi Arabia lie the remains of two remarkable cities, Petra and Hegra, built by the Nabataeans over 2,000 years ago. The story of this lost kingdom has faded from history, but thanks to ancient inscriptions and recent discoveries, these rock tombs and temples are finally yielding profound secrets about the Nabataeans' way of life. Join us as we enter Sacred Sites carved from cliffs and reveal a civilization where women wielded unrivaled power for centuries.

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Did the legendary King Arthur actually exist? Where did the Nazis look to try and justify their Aryan ideology? What caused the disappearance of ancient Malta's Temple People? Get answers to these questions and more on visits to some of the world's most mysterious historic structures, and gain new insights into the civilizations that built them through recent archaeological discoveries and scientific breakthroughs.
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