Secrets of Ancient Egypt
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Bordered by the fertile banks of the Nile River and the dusty edges of the Sahara, Egypt developed one of the world’s earliest advanced civilizations. For millennia—after the pharaohs fell and sand reclaimed the Sphinx—the mysteries of this ancient people have fascinated scientists and laymen alike. Featuring leaders in the fields of biology, archaeology, geology, zoology, and Egyptology, these four documentaries seek to reveal what was hidden, unearthing the mysteries of the great civilization by calling on the power of modern science. Secrets of the Pharaohs: A Quest for Ancient DNA—Did genetics lead to the downfall of Tutankhamen’s dynasty? Oasis of the Golden Mummies—Archaeologist Zahi Hawass excavates a catacomb filled with mummies to learn the legacy of a lost people. Secrets of the Sands—A former Apollo program scientist looks beneath the sands of the Sahara to discover the origins of the pyramids. The Sacred Animals of the Pharaohs—How did the ancient world view animals? A massive cache of mummified creatures provides clues.
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1~~ SECRETS OF THE PHARAOHS: A QUEST FOR ANCIENT DNA
A high-tech contemporary look at a civilization's leaders the world has fascinated over for millennia. Young King Tut comes to the forefront once again. Will DNA offer new enlightenment or new questions? Excavations in a late commoner desert cemetery filled with mummy remains is a fascinating segment I've never previously observed.
2~~ OASIS OF THE GOLDEN MUMMIES
WOW, an entire mummy catacomb revealed through film and Egypt's leading archaeologist. What can be discerned from these people's remains in North Central Egypt desert, miles from the Nile? A Canadian genetics lab assists in this legacy search amid a site located by accident only 4 years ago. In a South Central oasis proof is found of the world's earliest leprosy cases.
3~~ SECRETS OF THE SANDS
A space scientist reverses direction and looks underground (under Egyptian sand) for new discoveries. How did the pyramid culture begin? Modern space photography aids in understanding buried history and landscapes. With amazing results! I was captivated in this episode.
4~~ THE SACRED ANIMALS OF THE PHARAOHS
Animals are also found in mummified remains. This is a look at ancient Egypt's ancestral animal relationships. Were the Pharaohs kind to animals? The culture left thousands of clues behind, showing animals' importance via many venues. Ironically, the most revealing remains are found in Tuna, Egypt.
5~~ REALM OF THE DEAD --a 50-min bonus episode
Egypt has a particular history of celebration and remembrance related to death. Mummy process explained. Other cultures looked to Egypt's after-death notions -sometimes adopting bits.
A great library shelf addition to a pair of other Egypt DVD sets I've enjoyed:
Joanna Lumley's Nile
Again, the programming is excellent and I try to support the release of such material. Acorn has always thrived on charging these premium prices because they have exclusive rights to some quality UK programming that people WILL pay for. I'm not sure they'll pay as much for educational programs such as these. Sad.
Secrets of the Pharaohs: A Quest for DNA - This one uses new technologies to take a fresh look at an old story. By studying the DNA of the mummy, scientists have discovered more about King Tut and his family. What they learned has nullified a lot of the former beliefs about the young king. Just more evidence that Egypt holds mysteries we may never filly unravel.
Oasis of the Golden Mummies - A tomb filled with mummies might be evidence of a severe leprosy outbreak. Ironically, this tomb was discovered by accident, miles from the Nile and still has many secrets to be revealed.
Secrets of the Sands - Scientists look under the sand to try to determine the secrets of the pyramids. They use images from space to give things a new prospective, looking at them from the skies. Makes you wonder if the alien theory doesn't have some fact to it.
The Sacred Animals of the Pharaohs - As someone who has studied totems, I found this one of particular interest. Animals were believed to be held sacred by the Ancients, but it also seems that at times animals were sacrificed. How else can you explain a tomb with hundreds of mummified hawks?
Realm Of the Dead - This is the bonus episode and it gives you a detailed look at the funeral process of the Ancient Egyptians. Both the mummy process and funeral rites are explained in detail.
In addition to the DVDs, this box set also includes a 12-page viewer's guide with articles on Ancient Egypt and lovely pictures. This is definitely an amazing DVD set. Anyone who is interested in history or spiritual practices of Ancient Egypt should definitely check it out.