Time Scanners

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Pictured: Dallas Campbell and Steve Burrows in front of the projector screen on Tech HQ day. On the projector screen is the Great Pyramid at Giza.

Credit: Courtesy of Alex Rowson/Atlantic Productions

With cutting-edge technology that can “read” buildings, ruins, and landscapes from ancient worlds this three-part series reveals physical and forensic history.

Paving the way for an exciting new approach to documentary filmmaking, new laser technology explores the world’s most iconic sites in a way never before seen, surprising even the experts. Steve Burrows, one of the world’s foremost structural engineers - and the brains behind the famous Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing - leads a team of investigators, including pioneering laser-scanning researchers, to unlock the secrets of the world’s greatest engineering achievements. Hosted by Dallas Campbell (“Bang Goes the Theory”), each episode provides unprecedented answers to the scientific secrets behind the historical landmarks. 

Time Scanners premieres with Egyptian Pyramids on Tuesday, July 1 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The team travels to Egypt to scan the pyramids — the tombs of the mighty pharaohs — to find out how the necropoles evolved from simple mud-brick structures to the most impressive buildings in the ancient world. They use their laser technology to scan Djoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara, Meidum’s collapsed pyramid, the mysterious Bent Pyramid at Dashur and the famous Great Pyramid at Giza, and finally establish the true location of the King’s Burial Chamber in the Great Pyramid.