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Paul Olding

 

 

The Mystery of Romeís

X Tombs

[aka Roman Catacomb Mystery]

 

With Dr Michael Scott

 

 

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Deep beneath the streets of Rome, in the ancient Catacomb of St Marcellinus and St Peter, a new tomb was recently unearthed, a tomb like no other seen before in the city. Piled high with thousands of bodies, the tomb was made up of 6 small chambers surrounding a central hub. Located in the Vaticanís X mapping quadrant, it came to be known as the X Tombs.

 

Historian Dr Michael Scott joins a team of French and Italian archaeologists as they attempt to find clues from the layout of the tombs, from personal possessions and from the bones themselves. They hope to find out who these people were, why they were buried in this way and how they died.

 

From the city of Rome, to the ancient northern outpost of Aquilea, to forensic labs in Germany and France, we go in search of answers. Were these people victim to disease, waves of infectious diseases that swept through the city? An expert in ancient DNA hopes to find out the actual disease that killed them. Wrapped in a shroud of plaster and fabric, these people were buried in an elaborate ritual. The various clues suggest itís possible that that these were the men, families and slavesof the Emperorís own cavalry.

 

For BBC 2 and PBS Nova

 

 

 

 

 

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Nominated Best Scripted

TV programme 2014

 

 

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Selected for the 8th International

Science Film Festival, Athens

 

 

 

 

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Beneath the Streets of Rome

 

 

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Catacomb of St Marcellinus and St Peter

 

 

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Michael Scott

 

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X Tombs

 

 

 

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Donít get lost

 

 

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Can you dig it?

 

 

 

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Studying coins

 

 

 

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With Philippe Blanchard

 

 

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With Dominique Castex

 

 

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Filming Plan

 

 

 

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Filming in Rome

 

 

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No decorum in the Forum

 

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With Marcus Aurelius (I think)

 

 

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The Museum of Roman Civilisation

 

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Via Appia

 

 

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At Hadrianís Villa

 

 

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DoP Andrew Flemming

 

 

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Mini Jib

 

 

 

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Wally Dolly action

With soundman Paul Zanders

 

 

 

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From Germany, to Italy, to France

 

 

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At Aquilea

 

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With the Face of Bo

(need to be a Dr Who fan to understand)

 

 

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En Route on the Austrian Autobahn

 

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In the DNA lab in Turbingen

 

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WRAP

 

 

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