Rank #1: Akrotiri - Episode 334
Thought to be the basis for the legend of Atlantis, Akrotiri was a real place that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption around 1627 BC.
Rank #2: Pictograph Cave - Episode 316
A series of three sites, Pictograph Cave is a site in Montana with some fantastic rock art, and, the site of one of the first archaeological investigations in the state.
Rank #3: Kennewick Man - Episode 331
Found next to a river I the Pacific Northwest and embroiled in controversy for the next couple decades, Kennewick man answered some questions but generated more.
Rank #4: Book of Kells - Episode 18031
The astonishingly beautiful, illustrated Gospel, known as the Book of Kells was created between the 6th and 8th centuries.
Rank #5: Stonehenge - Episode 18040
Stonehenge is a British cultural icon that is also one of the best known archaeological sites in the world. It is set within one of the most extensive Neolithic and Bronze age landscapes in Britain.
Rank #6: Dead Sea Scrolls - Episode 18017
Initially uncovered by bedouin shepherds in the first half of the 20th century the Dead Sea Scrolls, also known as the Qumran Cave Scrolls, contain the second oldest dated fragments of texts which eventually formed the canon of the Hebrew Bible.
Rank #7: Nineveh - Episode 357
Nineveh was one of the greatest cities in the ancient world… for about fifty years before a coalition of rising powers in the ancient world allied together to raze it to the ground in 612 BC.
Rank #8: Bears Ears National Monument - Episode 325
In 2016 Bears Ears was made a National Monument by President Obama. It has a long and extensive history and is important to a great many people.
Rank #9: The Mitchell Site - Episode 319
With earth lodge sites and artifacts, the Mitchell Site was a very important prehistoric Indian village in South Dakota.
Rank #10: Battle of Visby - Episode 18003
The Battle of Visby was fought over 600 years ago on the island of Gotland. Today, it's an archaeological site that you can visit - and learn from.
Rank #11: Hochdorf Prince - Episode 18005
The Hochdorf Prince's grave site is a Celtic burial chamber dating from 530 BC and was adorned with massive riches.
Rank #12: Baltic Shipwrecks - Episode 18021
The Baltic has become a major focus for maritime archaeology over the last three decades with a huge variety of different types of wreck dating from the medieval period to the 20th century in close proximity to each other.
Rank #13: Beaker People - Episode 18024
Extending between the Iberian Peninsula in the West, Central Europe and Italy in the East, Britain, Ireland and Jutland in the North, and Sardinia, Sicily, and the Balearic Islands in the South the ‘Bell-Beaker’ culture is the most widely distributed and coherent prehistoric ‘culture’ that has been identified in Europe.
Rank #14: The Gault Site - Episode 323
Containing over 16,000 years of history, the Gault Site shows evidence of almost continuous human occupation.
Rank #15: Must Farm - Episode 18002
A Bronze Age settlement in England, Must Farm is an extremely well-preserved settlement that has taught archaeologists a lot about that time and place.
Rank #16: Indian Mound Cemetery - Episode 333
Centered around one of the only unexcavated Hopewellian mounds on the East Coast, Indian Mound Cemetery is also home to several important politicians of the last few centuries.
Rank #17: Shuqba Cave - Episode 352
Shuqba Cave is the site of two of the most important finds in ancient Middle Eastern archaeology. This included the discovery of a previously unknown culture that inhabited the Eastern Mediterranean during the Epipaleolithic era (which is the end of the Ice Age, approximately 12,500-9500 BC), which was named the Natufian Culture (in honor of the nearby valley, Wadi an-Natuf).
Rank #18: The Pumpkin Creek Site - Episode 322
This Archaic Period site located in Oklahoma shows evidence of early Native Americans in that part of the region via high-quality stone artifacts.
Rank #19: Temple Mount - Episode 350
The Temple mount is a hill that forms the eastern section of the Old City of Jerusalem, which (as its name suggests) is the original city of Jerusalem mentioned in countless ancient books and is now a .9km square neighborhood separated from modern Jerusalem by the old city walls.
Rank #20: A Look Back, And Forward - Episode 365
This is the final episode of 2017! It's been a long, difficult year but we did it! Thanks to all the people that helped make this happen. They're mentioned in the show. We're continuing this through 2018 with a new team of volunteers! Stay subscribed to get the new episodes. We're starting the numbering over at 1 with a numbering scheme of 18001. That's the year first, then, the episode number.