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  • 2001-06-26T06:00:00+02:00 on History
  • 45 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary

The four programs from the History Channel in Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids showcase current archaeological work that is changing how historians think about life in ancient Egypt. Some of the greatest temples and tombs of Egypt are visited, and authorities explain the significance of particular aspects of their construction. Efforts to restore temples that had been lost under centuries of sand are shown, and one episode focuses on the discovery of a massive complex of tombs in the Valley of the Kings, which only began to be fully explored in the mid-1990s.

4 episodes

1x01 Mansions of the Spirits

  • Series Premiere

    2001-06-26T06:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

Temples were at the heart of every ancient Egyptian community. Mansions of the Spirits visits some of the most important surviving sanctuaries, including the Great Temple of Karnak and the Deir El Bahari of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the greatest monuments to the dead ever created. Dramatic footage shows the ongoing efforts to restore and preserve these treasures for future generations.

1x02 The Great Pharaoh and his Lost Children

  • 2001-06-26T06:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

The Lost Children of the Great Pharaoh heads to KV5-the largest tomb in the Valley of the Kings-with Kent Weeks, whose team has been excavating the long-forgotten mausoleum for the last five years. Exclusive footage shows the most recently discovered chambers, including the ones where archaeologists discovered the skeletons that solved an ancient mystery.

1x03 The Daily Life of Ancient Egyptians

  • 2001-06-26T06:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

The conclusion of EGYPT-BEYOND THE PYRAMIDS delves deep into an aspect of the civilization that has long been overshadowed-The Daily Life of Ancient Egyptians. DOnald Redford details the many discoveries he has made working in the port city of Mendes, while a visit to the village of Deir El Medina provides a glimpse into the lives of the workers who toiled in the Valley of the Kings.

1x04 Death and the Journey to Immortality

  • 2001-06-26T06:00:00+02:00 — 45 mins

With stops at the cemetery of the pyramid builders in Giza and the Valley of the Golden mummies in the Bahariya Oasis, Death and the Journey to Immortality examines the latest findings about Egyptian funerary and burial practices. Sacred hieroglyphs provide a map for the soul's journey through the afterlife, while doctors offer a detailed look at how priests prepared the body for its final journey.

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