Explore Ancient Egypt’s greatest mysteries with National Geographic’s Lost Treasures of Egypt
The groundbreaking documentary series following archaeologists at the forefront of Ancient Egyptian research, Lost Treasures of Egypt, returns to National Geographic on Sunday 7th November at 7pm.
The brand new season offers viewers unprecedented access to the top experts in the field of Egyptology as they do what they do best: unlock Ancient Egypt’s greatest secrets.
Eight new episodes follow archaeologists as they battle with difficult conditions, use cutting edge technology to reveal otherwise undecipherable inscriptions, and make some of the biggest discoveries of their careers.
The first episode explores the reign of one of Ancient Egypt’s most well-known pharaohs: the boy king Tutankhamun. Crowned at the age of nine, he died only nine years later before being buried in a tomb seemingly unfit for purpose. Could it be due to his father Akhenaten’s unpopular legacy?
Episode two examines Egypt’s Pyramid Age, during which 20 pyramids were built across four centuries. None of the subsequent pyramids were as grand as the first – the Great Pyramid of Giza, the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu. Why was this, and what does that say about the later Pyramid Age kings?
Also to come are new insights into the life of celebrated pharaoh Ramses the Great, who reigned Egypt for 66 years from 1279 BC, expanding its borders and infrastructure. Believed by experts to be Ancient Egypt’s most successful and often feared pharaoh, episode three unveils the reasons for this reputation – and whether it is justified.
Episode four explains the rise of mummification as a practice – why did the Egyptians store so much faith in the process and how was it achieved? Next, we take a look at the secrets of Egypt’s queens, including Nefertari and Cleopatra, who managed to exert their authority even in a male-dominated society. And of course, where there were treasures there were also thefts – episode six reveals Ancient Egypt’s real life tomb raiders.
We return to Tutankhamun in episode seven, which asks how he filled his tomb with so many priceless treasures. And finally, the series concludes with a hunt for Cleopatra’s long lost tomb, exploring along the way her fascinating reign and intriguing relationships with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony.
As always, some of the biggest names in Egyptology are on hand to decipher all the evidence in an unmissable new series.
Check out this sneak peek from the new series: