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Thursday, February 22, 2007


History Comes Alive - Win a DVD!

I'm always on the lookout for interesting documentaries to use in homeschooling my son. It's hard to find films that can be both educational and fun. But I hit the mother lode when I discovered the first season of Digging For The Truth on DVD. Not being a cable subscriber, I'd never heard of this History Channel series before taking a chance on it through Netflix.

You will not find a more thrilling visual feast of history and archaeology in these 13 episodes. Host Josh Bernstein (who the ladies tell me is kinda hot) travels all over the world to places most people will never have the chance to explore, where he gets his hands dirty by crawling through ancient sewers and rappelling into forbidden tombs.

This is not a dry "talking head" presentation of history. Rather, Bernstein and his crew let the camera do the talking, showing us the wonders of the world in widescreen high-definition splendor. Each hour-long episode focuses on one historical mystery, such as the mythic El Dorado, the Ark of the Covenant, and the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde. If you have even the slightest interest in archaeology, you'll love this show. In fact your whole family will. It even held the attention of my 5-year-old daughter on most of the episodes.

If you would like to win a copy of the first season DVD set of Digging For The Truth, leave a comment here (with some way of reaching you, such as through your blog). I'll pick a winner next week.

You can also buy it at Amazon.

The show's second season will be released on DVD next week. Pre-order it here. And if that's not enough, the third season recently started airing on The History Channel. I cannot recommend this show enough. It really makes history come alive, something that can help kids become lifelong students of the subject.


Anonymous Dan said...

sounds pretty cool! I'm up for an entry!

2:40 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

Cool, Looks like it is on iTunes, I will have to check it out!

2:44 AM  
Blogger MarmiteToasty said...

I think we have caught a couple of the programmes on the telly here.... Jebus I love history.... local history of where I live and country and places where friends live, love social history most of all.......

Your lad will so enjoy learning his history through those DVDs.... history is very important I think, well it is to me......


7:34 AM  
Blogger Jeff Dowdle said...

I really enjoy this series and try to catch it as often as I can. He has done some very interesting things like looking for the Holy Grail.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Jeff - OWTK said...

Cool, a contest! I have never heard of this program - but it does sound pretty awesome. Thanks,

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

I haven't watched it, but on your recommendation I'll queue it up on the TiVo. Don't count me in your contest, though, I'll catch the reruns and someone more deserving can enjoy it.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Silver Valley Girl said...

Wow, this sounds great. Enter me in the contest!! I love history and the stories from the past, and this program looks very interesting. I'm adding it to my Netflix queue right now. We also do not have cable TV, and do miss some gems out there because of it. Thanks for the tip.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

I haven't heard of this, but it looks wonderful! Far preferable to taking your eight year old to a screening of "300". ;)

10:07 AM  
Blogger jb3ll3 said...

awesome. I will TiVo the third season and let you know what you have it store.....:)

11:18 AM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

Almost makes me want to hook up our cable. Almost, but since it's available by DVD, I'll just buy the whole series when the4 kids are old enough.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Tenniel said...

Cool thanks for the recomendation I am always looking for good history programs and this one sounds like a lot of fun. And I am always up for a contest :)

7:14 PM  
Anonymous HoorayForSaturday said...

You are correct, a great program. I enjoy it very much, but then again, I'll pretty much watch anything on NGC or Discovery Channel.
I'm a big fan of the show Dirty Jobs, I believe that program is out on DVD now. The host, Mike Rowe, tags along with everyday people that have occupations that are, well, dirty. It's often a very interesting take on dirty jobs.
Mordern Marvels and Extreme Engineering are also another great programs.

9:27 PM  
Blogger dennis said...

My Imps love this show!

The History Channel rocks!

9:50 PM  
Blogger GBK Gwyneth said...

My junior archaeologist would love this DVD!

5:35 AM  

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