A five-part look at the country's ancient past incorporates information from recent archaeological finds. Included: the remains of a stone calendar circle, an early temple site, the world's oldest dam and a settlement nearly 10,000 years old.
An overview of ways the study of mummies benefits medical research. Included: a CAT scan of one mummy; a computer reconstruction of another's face; and an endoscopy procedure to secure a tissue sample from a third. Also: mummification techniques.
An overview of beliefs, including the creation and resurrection myths, the meaning of temple architecture, the purpose of the Book of the Dead, and the popularity of animal cults. Included: a look at mummified birds and the tomb of a sacred bull. Narrator: Philip Madoc.
A study of the significance of gold, its link to the sun god, its use in funeral rites and its political impact. Included: the contents of King Tut's tomb; the remains of a Hyksos fortress and a Nubian (Sudanese) city, as well as evidence of Egypt's alliance with Crete. Narrator: Philip Madoc.
An overview of the development of the pyramid, its religious significance, and the function of the accompanying temples. Included: visits to the Nubian (Sudanese) monuments, the Great Pyramid, the Red Pyramid, the Bent Pyramid, and the Step Pyramid. Narrator: Philip Madoc.
An overview of new insights into Egypt's origins. Included: the recently discovered remains of a stone calendar, a grave and an early temple site. Also: a look at the country's history, including records of the unification of the upper and lower kingdoms. Narrator: Philip Madoc.