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Archaeological digs provide unparralled insight into the lives and deaths of 18th and 19th century sailors in the British Royal Navy. Literally the cannon fodder on which Britain built its empire, these warrior sailors endured malnutrition, VD, cutlass wounds and broken bones.
|S01E01||Navy of The Damned||04/07/2011||Three-hundred-and-fifty skeletons, exhumed from Royal Navy graveyards from the age of Nelson's Navy, are throwing an extraordinary new light on how these sailors lived, fought, outwitted their enemy, and, from the oldest to youngest, suffered for victory. These men were the beating heart of the most victorious fleet in history and never have so many of these sailors' remains been available for forensic investigation. Six remarkable stories stand out: the child sailor, the top man, the American gunner, the freed slave, the marine and the victim of the sailor's most dreaded disease: syphilis. No longer just bones in a box, the men of Nelson's Navy are back from the dead.|
|S01E02||Ghosts of The Crusades||11/07/2011||Excavations along the Israel/Jordan border are unearthing skeletons and rewriting the history of the First Crusade. The site at Jacob's Ford is the only known Crusader battle site with complete skeletons. Back from the Dead joins the excavation and examines the remains of some of the 80 Crusader Knights and 750 foot soldiers stationed at the fort when it was attacked and its Crusaders massacred by Saladin's army in 1179, in the battle that changed the course of history in the Middle East.|
|S01E03||Samurai Massacre||18/07/2011||A gruesome graveyard, filled with thousands of skeletons, unlocks the ferocious fighting skills and merciless killing techniques of the ancient Samurai. The chilling burial ground dates back to 1333. Among over 4000 sets of remains, six have a unique story to tell: the husband and wife involved in a sword fight to the death; the warrior monk; a peasant boy soldier; and members of the ruling Hojo family, captured and decapitated, with their heads displayed as trophies of victory.|