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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

 

Egypt Uncovered

 

Programs air Wednesday, July 3rd at 10:00pm and Wednesday, July 10th starting at 7:00pm on
WTVP-HD 47.1.

Secrets of The Dead: The Silver Pharaoh – Psusennes’ silver coffin

- WTVP Revisits One of Ancient Egypt’s Most Spectacular Treasures then Presents a Night Dedicated to Egypt's Greatest Weapon, the Chariot, and to the Greatest Archaeological Find in History, Tutankhamen's Tomb -

The royal tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes I is one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Egyptian treasures - even more remarkable than that of Tutankhamen. So why hasn’t the world heard about it? What mysteries does it contain? And what does it reveal about ancient Egypt? The tomb was discovered filled with lavish jewels and treasure almost by accident in 1939 by the French archaeologist Pierre Montet while he was excavating in northern Egypt. The royal burial chamber came as a complete surprise – no Egyptologist had anticipated a tomb of such grandeur in this area. Unfortunately, the tomb was found on the eve of World War II in Europe and attracted little attention. One of the most startling discoveries inside the tomb was the sarcophagus in which the body was held: It was made of silver with exquisite detail and craftsmanship. No other silver sarcophagus has ever been found and it is now recognized by many Egyptologists as one of the most exquisite artifacts of ancient Egypt ever to be found. The elaborate tribute within the tomb suggested it was the burial site of someone very important but as archaeologists, using the hieroglyphs inside the tomb, pieced together the identity of the pharaoh, they were left to wonder who Psuesennes I was and why he received such grand treatment. Secrets of The Dead: The Silver Pharoah explores this phenomenon in a special encore, Wednesday, July 3rd at 9:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.. The investigation reveals political intrigue, a lost city and a leader who united a country in turmoil and became the Silver Pharaoh.

Secrets of The Dead: The Silver Pharoah will also air on WTVP-WORLD 47.2. Find times and dates with the [WTVP Program Guide].

 

 

Then, on Wednesday, July 10th starting at 7:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1, continue to explore the rich history—mystery, fact and fiction—of Egypt during a special evening of programming.

NOVA: Building Pharaoh's Chariot at 7:00pm. Some historians claim that the Egyptian chariot launched a technological and strategic revolution and was the secret weapon behind Egypt’s greatest era of conquest known as the New Kingdom. But was the chariot really a revolutionary design? How decisive was its role in the bloody battles of the ancient world? A team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers builds and tests two accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots. Driving them to their limits in the desert outside Cairo, NOVA’s experts test the claim that the chariot marks a crucial turning point in ancient military history.

 

 

Secrets of the Dead: Ultimate Tut at 8-10:00 p.m. Ninety years ago in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the greatest archaeological find in history was made: the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and its golden treasures. It made Tutankhamen the most famous name in ancient Egyptian history. But the real story has become shrouded in myth — with many mysteries around the tomb unsolved to this day. This two-part special combines the latest evidence from a team of archaeologists, anatomists, geologists and Egyptologists to build the ultimate picture of Tutankhamen. Blending 3D graphics, stylized reconstruction and action-adventure forensic investigation, the programs take a 21st-century approach to ancient history, following new scientific research and presenting fresh insights into how Tutankhamen was buried, why his tomb was the only one to remain intact and the enduring enigma around how he died.

Both Secrets of the Dead: Ultimate Tut and NOVA: Building Pharaoh's Chariot will air on WTVP-WORLD 47.2 later that week. Find times and dates with the [WTVP Program Guide].

 

 

 

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For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org

 


 

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