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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

The Middle East Studies Series

"Recommended. Evocative camera work helps provide informative views behind the often mysterious veil of the Middle East." -Booklist
This exceptional collection of award-winning documentaries offers historical and contemporary studies of countries of the Middle East. Programs available on 20 DVDs, Digital Click for more

Egypt: Secrets of the Sand

Egypt: Secrets of the Sand

"Highly Recommended. This excellent program provides valuable information about the current status of Egyptology and the archaeology of this important region." -EMRO Review
"Highly Recommended. This is an exciting documentary that aims to shed new light on the misty origins of Ancient Egypt. New images from space of the Sahara Desert show that the region was once widely irrigated - indicating an advanced civilization once existed there. There is also evidence to suggest why the desert is the site of ancient burial grounds. With the help of this new data, scientists are beginning to piece together a theory that suggests that it was the race that lived in this region which moved into the Nile delta after environmental changes made their home too arid, bringing with them the technologies that laid the foundation for the great Egyptian civilization that created the pyramids." -National Media Review
Egypt's Pyramids have dominated the Giza plateau for more than five thousand years. And as we learn in this eye-opening documentary, most of the ancient world's secrets are yet to be revealed; experts estimate that only about 30 per cent of ancient Egyptian monuments have so far been uncovered. Reporter Jennifer Byrne joins an international team of archeologists sifting through the sands of Giza as they piece together the lifestyles of the people of ancient Egypt. Here we meet Egyptologist Naguib Kanawati, who, after 25 years in the field, is one of the select few permitted to work at Giza; he and his small team are sifting through a vast cemetery. We learn that Ancient Egyptians believed in eternal life and the cemetery was laid out as a city of the dead, complete with streets and whole squares belonging to individual families. Scarcely a fifth of the cemetery has been excavated so far and the work will take many decades. Next we meet the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Director of the Giza Pyramids Excavation, Dr. Zahi Hawass; no run-of-the-mill archaeologist, he is the impresario of Egyptology, "and no one touches a grain of Giza sand without his say-so." This famous archeologist and author (Secrets From the Sand; Mountains of the Pharaohs; The Royal Tombs of Egypt) explains how new discoveries are constantly being made and old presumptions shattered. For instance, the Cecil B de Mille version of the construction of the pyramids is a myth - they were not built by slaves, but by ordinary Egyptian workers. Also we visit the tomb Ka-em-ankh, an overseer of the treasure, and we see the painstaking reality of an Egyptologist's life. Produced by ABC Australia. 06/10DE IJSCA 20 min.
Also See: Egypt 1 & 2

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