12:45pm PT by THR Staff
Science Channel Unearthing Hidden Secrets Behind Iconic Structures in New Series (Exclusive)
Science Channel has greenlighted a new series that aims to reveal hidden secrets of iconic structures and monuments from around the globe.
Unearthed will examine mysteries and combine scientific investigations with CGI animation to discover how these structures — from ancient times to the present day — were designed, built, used and, in some cases, lost and rediscovered.
According to Science Channel, each episode will feature "blow apart" CGI animation that aims to "deconstruct the structures to reveal hidden anatomy while exploring the secret history of each edifice, immersing audiences in the age and culture in which they were constructed." Each hourlong episode will use technology including LiDAR scanning, X-ray imaging, carbon dating and 3D printing techniques to reveal secrets of the various structures and monuments. (Watch an exclusive first look from the premiere, focusing on the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico, above.)
The show will spotlight the Pyramids in Egypt, the Parthenon in Greece, the Great Wall of China and Big Ben in London, among others.
"Unearthed fuses elements of engineering, geology and archaeology to help answer questions and crack unsolved mysteries surrounding some of the greatest wonders of the ancient and modern world," Neil Laird, executive producer for Science Channel, said Wednesday in a statement.
Unearthed is set to premiere Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series is produced by Windfall Films. Windfall's Carlo Massarella is executive producing alongside Laird.