Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Ancient Mega-Fort

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of the acclaimed documentary series Ancient Discoveries which explores the defences of ancient forts and cities.

Holding off invasion and protecting its people,ancient civilizations came up with creative, efficient and effective means of self-protection and defence.

In this instalment of Ancient Discoveries: The Ancient Mega-fort we walk the grounds of the castle that was instrumental in creating the nation of Great Britain and learn why it was such an impregnable fortress.

We also explore the invisible underground defensive systems of Cappadocia to discovery why they proved so successful that it was the longest continually inhabited fortress in history.

Underground defensive systems of Cappadocia

The Ancient Discoveries team will test the ancient Mayan killer bee castle defences, and release bees in a simulated attack. Next, they also build a replica of a section of the ancient Roman fort of Alesia and to investigate whether or not the great Roman general Julius Caesar could really have built twenty four miles of defences in just six weeks.

A reconstructed section of the Alesia

Finally the team investigates what was the most impregnable walls in history the multi-layered defences of Constantinople, to determine the type of cannon that the sultan Mehmet used to finally destroy them in the great siege of 1453.

This and other exciting episodes in the Ancient Discoveries series can be purchased on DVD from the History Channel’s online shop, or in special DVD collections available in the United Kingdom through

Ancient Discoveries – The Ancient Mega-Fort
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