|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9|
|Executive producer(s)||Travis Gray, Nicholas Panagopulos|
|Running time||44 minutes (without commercials)|
|Original channel||History Channel|
|Original release||June 15, 2008 – July 20, 2008|
On Surviving History, the founder and employees of the ScareFactory attempt to recreate ancient devices. The main team consists of Dave Fachman (Boss), Eric Conrath (Art Director), Josh Craig (Floor Manager), Brian Shoaf (Historian), Chad Reynolds (Fabricator), and DJ Weatherby (Welder/Designer). The show also features three history professors who are experts on ancient technologies, Dr. Keith Pepperell (6 episodes) Dr. Meg Mateer (2 episodes) and Dr. Tim Davis (1 episode). The devices created are not always built of period materials or methods, but are functional. Dangerous devices are tested with purpose-build dummies. Many are also tested on ScareFactory employees, with appropriate protection and emergency services.
Surviving History aired on Sunday nights in June, then moved to Thursday nights. 4 episodes aired in a marathon during the afternoon of July 12, 2008. The final episode aired in the early morning of July 20, 2008.
The series began airing on History International at 8PM ET on Tuesdays, beginning September 2, 2008.
All 9 episodes were released on DVD on November 18, 2008.
This table lists the episodes in the order they were aired. The episode numbers on iTunes and similar may be different.
The official web page on the History web site was never updated after the first few episodes and only has descriptions of the first three, with the wrong air date for the 3rd.
|Episode #||Title||Production Code||Original airdate|
|1||June 15, 2008|
|Halifax Gibbet, Chinese water torture, Iron Boot, Iron Maiden, Chinese Fire Arrow|
|2||June 22, 2008|
|Liar's rack, Branks, Atlatl, Brazen bull, Pillory|
|3||June 29, 2008|
|Breaking wheel, Firewalking, Bastinado, Treadwheel, Tar and Feathers|
|Pressed to Death, Cat o' nine tails, Pretzel, Scorpio, Heron's vending machine|
|5||July 12, 2008|
|Judas Cradle, Pear of Anguish, Heretic's fork, The Pit and the Pendulum, Ball and chain|
|6||July 12, 2008|
|Garrote, Isolation Chamber, Rope torture, Gallows, Firing squad|
|7||July 12, 2008|
|Strappado, Shame flute, Chinese repeating crossbow, Joust, Chastity belt|
|8||July 12, 2008|
|Battering ram, Baghdad Battery, Morning Star, Whirligig, Hero's Steam Engine|
|9||July 20, 2008|
|Archimedes' Death ray, Barrel Roll, Ducking stool, Rack, Scavenger's daughter|
||This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. (April 2009)|
- Surviving History at the Internet Movie Database
- Surviving History at TV.com
- History Channel's Surviving History website