Secrets of the Dead (2000– )
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Ultimate Tut 

Scientists investigate pharaoh Tutankhamun. Was his tomb originally his and why hasn't it been raided like the other pharaoh tombs? Also, how did he die, why was his burial so rushed and why was he erased from history by his successors?


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jay O. Sanders ... Narrator
Chris Naunton Chris Naunton ... Self - Director, Egypt Exploration Society
Yasmin El Shazly Yasmin El Shazly ... Self - Head of Documentation, Egyptian Museum (as Yasmin El-Shazly)
Amit Roy-Chowdhury Amit Roy-Chowdhury ... Self - Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Riverside
Melinda Hartwig Melinda Hartwig ... Self - Egyptologist, Georgia State University
Ashraf Selim Ashraf Selim ... Self - Professor of Radiology, Cairo University (as Dr Ashraf Selim)
Robert Connolly ... Self - Anatomist, University of Liverpool
Jack Choi Jack Choi ... Self - Imaging Software Expert
Anna Williams Anna Williams ... Self - Forensic Anthropologist, Cranfield University
Michael Brown Michael Brown ... Self - Accident Reconstruction Expert
Peter Zioupos Peter Zioupos ... Self - Biomechanics Expert, Cranfield University
Ian Horsfall Ian Horsfall ... Self - Impact Trauma Expert, Cranfield University (as Dr. Ian Horsfall)
Salima Ikram ... Self - Professor of Egyptology, American University, Cairo
Matthew Ponting Matthew Ponting ... Self - Archaeologist, University of Liverpool
David Crowder David Crowder ... Self - Senior Fire Investigator


From PBS: Ninety years ago in Egypt the greatest archaeological find in history was made: The discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb and its golden treasures. But the real story has become shrouded in myth, with many mysteries around the tomb unsolved to this day. This 2-hour special brings together the latest evidence from a team of archaeologists, anatomists, geologists, and Egyptologists, to build the ultimate picture of Tutankhamen. Written by Anonymous

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Very good but not great.
24 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an unusual episode of "Secrets of the Dead" because it's double the normal length. It's all about a new re-interpretation of ancient Egypt's King Tut, the boy king who died young and who was practically forgotten up until his crypt was discovered in the 1920s. Questions they ask was how did he die, why was his mummification done so poorly (after all, he SHOULD have been embalmed like a king but in some ways he was not), why was the mummy so black, what about decomposition of the tomb as well as why the tomb wasn't robbed.

My biggest problem with this interesting show is that they rarely equivocated and they often kept their theories rather limited. Often, the folks were making educated guesses but you do NOT hear them say 'perhaps' or other words...words that would have made them sound more scientific and less biased. Another problem is that I am not an expert on Egyptology but know enough that an OBVIOUS possible answer to his death, his crappy mummification and all...his father, Akhenaten was truly hated. He introduced Sun worship instead of the traditional pantheon of gods. This WOULD explain why they didn't find Tut's heart--perhaps it was deliberately destroyed so that he couldn't be resurrected into the afterlife. After all, since his father showed contempt for Osiris (the god of the dead who weighs the hearts of people to determine if they should be granted eternal life), what better revenge than to ensure his son would never be resurrected? And, hatred of the pair would help explain why the grave was so crappy (by comparison to other kings) and the mummification so lousy. How come a history teacher thought of all this but none of this line of reasoning was addressed at all? I'm not THAT smart!

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