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The Silver Pharaoh 

Secrets of the Dead examines the the tomb of Psusennes I an Egyptian Pharaoh of the Intermediate Period whose burial place was discovered shortly before World War II.

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Episode credited cast:
Melissa Dring ...
Herself - Forensic Artis
Yasmin El Shazly ...
Herself - Egyptian Museum
King Faroukh ...
Himself (archive footage)
Fawzi Gaballah ...
Himself - Professor of Anatomy, Cairo University
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Himself (archive footage)
Salima Ikram ...
Herself - Egyptologist, America University, Cairo
Peter Lacovara ...
Himself - Egyptologist, Emory University
Peter McInerney ...
Pierre Montet
Jon Privett ...
Himself - Archaeologist
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Himself - Narrator
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Secrets of the Dead examines the the tomb of Psusennes I an Egyptian Pharaoh of the Intermediate Period whose burial place was discovered shortly before World War II.

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3 November 2010 (USA)  »

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The narrator identifies Psusennes' injury to be on one of the cervical (neck) vertebra, but the diagram shows it be on one of the thoracic (upper back) vertebra. See more »

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Decent.
4 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

This episode of "Secrets of the Dead" was about the Pharaoh Psusennes--a relatively forgotten leader from the Egyptian 'Dark Ages'. The show called it Dark Ages because it was a period of decline of the empire and power of the pharaohs. It occurred between the reign of King Tut and the last dynasty (Cleopatra). Apparently, the sarcophagus containing Psusennes was unearthed just before WWII and pretty much forgotten--as cataclysmic world wars have a way of obscuring big archaeological finds. However, seven decades later, the folks who made this show take the body (what's left of it) and funeral apparel out of storage and discuss his life and impact. Oddly, one of the death masks (and it appears that several are included inside the sarcophagus) is made not of gold but silver.

Overall, a mildly interesting episode of this PBS series. While it's far from one of the more interesting shows, it is compelling and worth seeing.


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