Egypt’s Underworld

Exclusive archaeology takes us on a journey into the Egyptian underworld – opening a new window into the little known world of death in ancient Egypt. To the ancient Egyptians, life after death was a highstakes underworld journey fraught with terrifying obstacles: fiery lakes of death, battles with bona fide monsters and ultimately eternal death or resurrection with the sun. It’s a journey each Egyptian believed was real, and for the pharaoh the stakes were even higher – the entire cosmos depended on the king’s successful journey and resurrection.

Now, new excavations are revealing more than we’ve ever known about what the Egyptians knew they’d encounter on their afterlife journey. And we’re finding that the king’s tomb wasn’t just a place to keep his mummified corpse. The royal tomb was nothing less than a machine constructed to guarantee the king’s resurrection and eternal life. In Egypt Underworld, we follow one of ancient Egypt’s greatest pharaohs – Seti I – on his journey through the afterlife.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 1 of 1


Rise of The Black Pharaohs

The Egypt of the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings was an empire of indomitable might. Yet around 800 BC, the impossible happened. Kush, a subject kingdom from the south, rose up, conquered Egypt and enthroned his own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly one hundred years.

These were the mysterious Black Pharaohs of what is today Sudan, the Nubian kings, whose reign has become legendary among Africans and written off as heresy by early archaeologists who refused to believe that dark skinned Africans could have risen so high. National Geographic follows the experts to learn the real story of the Rise of the Black Pharaohs.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 1 of 1


Nefertiti & The Lost Dynasty

Over 3,000 years ago, they tore ancient Egypt apart. And then they vanished….Nefertiti, the perfect one – the legendary beauty – and her husband, Akhenaten, the radical king…This revolutionary couple would shake the foundations of Egypt as they set out to reinvent a civilisation. They threw out the old government, the old capital city, and even replaced the old gods. In less than 20 years they would turn Egypt on its head, and they themselves would disappear from history. Where did they end up? The debate has been raging for decades.

Now a brand new scientific investigation is about to begin. An international team, funded by National Geographic, is bringing state of the art CT scans to the Valley of the Kings, for only the second time in history, on the hunt for this mysterious family of pharaohs…. A family most famous for the little boy believed to be Akhenaten’s son – the son who would grow up to be King Tut. Now, they are trying to put together the pieces of his Egyptian dynasty. Using non-invasive, three dimensional volumetric imagery, they conduct a pharonic forensic investigation of a kind never before undertaken – tracking 21st century clues to a mystery from 1,300 BC.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2007

Episode: 1 of 1


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