BBC ONE’s and PBS’s three episode special - Ancient Invisible Cities follows ScanLAB Projects and presenters Dr Michael Scott and Darius Arya as they explore the invisible secrets and hidden treasures of Cairo, Istanbul, Athens.
The shows explore how these cities, built on the shoulders of many ancient civilizations, have evolved over the course of thousands of years, revealing their engineering marvels, structural gymnastics and hidden architectural gems all buried deep beneath the streets of these modern metropolises.
We journeyed deep under the Giza Plateau, exploring the secret labyrinth of chambers and passages beneath the Pyramids. Uncovered the crystal clear waters of subterranean aqueducts that feed the irrigation system of old Athens. And discovered how Istanbul has defended itself against marauding invasions and collapse of its magnificent Hagia Sophia dome.
Accompanying the launch of the series, the BBC and PBS have released a set of 360 degree films, created from the LiDAR scans and combined with binaural sound and narration by the presenters, audiences are invited on their own immersive journey.