Bone Detectives

Discovery Channel (ended 2008)


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Episode Guide


    • Cave of the Headless Corpse
      Cave of the Headless Corpse
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Scotty goes to Belize to investigate a cave in the jungle. After going deeper into the human-bone-filled cave, he discovers a headless skeleton.
    • Mystery of the Cracked Skull
      Mystery of the Cracked Skull
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Scotty travels to northern Scotland to study an ancient skeleton with a perplexing deformity, in order to learn the cause of death.
    • The Floating Cemetery
      The Floating Cemetery
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Scotty visits the island nation of Palau in Micronesia to examine a skull uncovered by archaeologists that appears to be evidence of a 3000-year-old murder.
    • Mystery at the Monastery
      Mystery at the Monastery
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Scotty travels to the eastern coast of Iceland, where archaeologists have dug up the bones of a young man with two smashed shoulder blades in the ruins of a 16th-century monastery.
    • Mystery of the Abandoned Child
      Mystery of the Abandoned Child
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Scotty investigates the pre-Incan society Tiwanaku in the Bolivian Andes. Archaeologists have discovered an ancient trash heap where bodies are buried.
    • Warlord of Bamburgh Castle
      Warlord of Bamburgh Castle
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      On the North Sea coast of England, Scott Moore visits Bamburgh Castle, where the body of a young man with a crushed skull has been unearthed.
    • Violence Along the Nile
      Violence Along the Nile
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Scotty travels down the Nile to investigate mummies, where he discovers one that bears evidence of a head wound that was probably fatal, and learns that the mummy was not from the pharaonic era but the much later Roman era.
    • Viking Death Feud
      Viking Death Feud
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      On the outer edge of the Arctic Circle, archaeologists uncover an extremely rare Viking skeleton.
    • Anatomy of Ancient Death
      Anatomy of Ancient Death
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      Highlights from the first season. Included: how Scott Moore and the crew get to their unique dig sites; analyzing specimens.
    • Shadow of the Sun Lord
      Shadow of the Sun Lord
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      In the Maya city of Caracol in the jungles of Belize, archaeologists discover a body buried in an unusual manner in a place it shouldn't be, along with the sacred symbol of a war god. Also: rarely seen Mayan rituals.
    • Celebration of Death
      Celebration of Death
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Scotty travels to the northern coast of Peru, where archeologists have discovered a teenage girl buried in a strange place - just outside an empty tomb. Scotty's investigation takes him deep into the world of the Moche, an ancient society where corn beer and blood offerings were essential elements in their annual burial rituals. Was this teenager sacrificed to the gods by a Moche overlord? Or was she worked to death, and then honored in death during a blood-soaked festival?moreless
    • The Hidden Mummy
      The Hidden Mummy
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Scotty goes to Egypt to assist Zahi Hawass in identifying a mummy found at Saqqara in a pharaoh's tomb.
    • Ghost of the Island Queen
      Ghost of the Island Queen
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      Scotty travels to the middle of the Pacific to investigate an extraordinary burial in the long-deserted village of Ngerieleb on the island of Koror, in the Republic of Palau. Buried beneath a raised stone slab weighing more than 1,000 pounds, the skeleton of a 50-year-old woman was discovered lying in an elaborate crypt lined with slabs of coral. Who was this important woman? Was she a queen or priestess? Why was she buried in this ornate crypt … and then forgotten? And why was this entire village abandoned soon after her death?moreless