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SECRETS OF THE DEAD: The Lost Diary Of Dr. Livingstone

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Re-enactment of Dr. Livingstone and his porters.

Airs Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

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Portrait of Livingstone from David Livingstone centre Scotland.
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Spectral Imaging on Livingstone's diary pages.

Explore some iconic historical moments while debunking long-held myths and shining new light on past events in the series SECRETS OF THE DEAD. Advances in investigative techniques, forensic science and historical scholarship offer new evidence on forgotten mysteries.


"The Lost Diary Of Dr. Livingstone" - Dr. David Livingstone is the renowned British explorer, whom American journalist Henry Morton Stanley greeted with the now famous words, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.” When New York Herald reporter Stanley found him in a small African village on November 10, 1871, the reclusive Livingstone had lost contact with the outside world for six years.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Dr. David Livingstone’s birth, new forensic techniques are being used to study the famed explorer’s lost diary, which reveals he was witness to the brutal massacre of slaves at the hands of their traders. The writings in this diary suggest Livingstone was far different from the legend that surrounds him.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD is on Facebook. Past episodes of this series are available for online viewing.