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Ancient Mysteries of Egypt
« on: August 14, 2002, 09:55:49 »
Explore the secrets of the pharaohs and their quest for eternal life beneath the sands of Egypt in Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs and Egypt: Quest for Eternity, now available on DVD from National Geographic Home Video (NGHV), as part of National Geographic's continuing coverage of this ancient civilization this fall with the broadcast premieres of National Geographic Channel Presents Pyramids Live: Secret Chambers Revealed on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/PT on September 16 and a new National Geographic Special Egypt Eternal: The Quest for Lost Tombs this October on PBS. Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs and Egypt: Quest for Eternity are available at suggested retail prices of $19.98 on September 3, 2002, and include bonus programs on more ancient Egyptian discoveries.

Archaeologists and scientists work together to solve such ancient riddles as who actually built the pyramids of Giza, why two complete ships were buried there, and how were the bodies of the pharaohs preserved. In Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs, archaeologists make startling discoveries as they excavate a bakery and a cemetery to find the beginnings of urbanization around the momentous Giza pyramids. By studying these unearthed sites, the archaeologists learn more about the daily life of the people who built the ancient pyramids, suggesting that a community of hired workers lived there. On another part of the Giza plain near the foot of the Great Pyramid, the desert sands part to reveal an underground vault holding the dismantled royal ship of Pharaoh Khufu.

Meanwhile halfway across the world, scientists recreate the process of mummification on a real cadaver to discover how the bodies of the pharaohs were preserved so well. Seeking to recapture this ancient lost art, Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs travels back to Egypt to the alleys of Cairo and to the royal tombs in the desert to uncover the old trade secrets of mummification.

On the Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs DVD, NGHV presents the bonus feature Mystery Tomb of Abusir featuring the discovery of an undisturbed tomb of an ancient Egyptian official. National Geographic joins National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Zahi Hawass, who is now head of Egypt's antiquities, as he enters the tomb for the first time to reveal over 500 artifacts and a mummy hidden for 25 centuries.

In Egypt: Quest for Eternity National Geographic transports viewers to Luxor, Karnak, Tutankhamun's tomb, and focuses on the greatest builder of all time, Ramses II, a great pharaoh who lived during the most glorious period of the Egyptian nation. As testimony to the ancients' belief in eternal life, Ramses created monuments such as the majestic temples of Luxor, Karnak, and Abydos. National Geographic chronicles the detailed yet fascinating Egyptological work that has proceeded continuously at these sites for more than 50 years and introduces a frail but vital elderly woman who went to Egypt 50 years ago and never left. Until her recent retirement, Omm Seti worked at collecting hundreds of broken, inscribed temple stones, cataloging and fitting them together to restore one of Abydos' temples.

Many Egyptians live along the Nile. And the temples and tombs still draw people from across the miles and centuries to marvel at the monuments and depictions of the pharaohs. Here, in a perhaps unexpected way, Ramses' belief in eternal life is fulfilled. For in the religion of the ancients, to speak of the dead is to make them live again.

The Egypt: Quest for Eternity DVD features one of the last big Egyptian finds of the millennium in Mummies of Gold. In this bonus feature, Dr, Hawass excavates the graves at Bahariya Oasis to reveal the secrets of a time when Greeks and Romans ruled Egypt.

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Find out more about Ancient Egypt at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pyramids

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