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Chasing Mummies

  • 2010
  • Season 1
  • 10 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

The first series of the History Channel Egyptology show following archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass and his team as they set out to uncover new finds. The episodes comprise 'Stuck', 'Trapped', 'Lost', 'Discovered', 'Sunken', 'Robbed', 'Meltdown', 'Bats', 'Cursed' and 'Buried'.

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Episode 1: Stuck

Summary

Egyptologist Dr Zahi Hawass and his team supervise the restoration of the step pyramid at Saqqara, the oldest in Egypt, but a young member of the fellowship programme becomes trapped inside.

Review

Want to learn more about the reality of Egyptian archaeology? You won’t find it in this weird show (first shown on Sky 3 in February). Ostensibly a 24/7 look at the work of Dr Zahi Hawass, the ubiquitous Egyptian head of antiquities, it comes across as Indiana Jones meets Made in Chelsea-style “scripted reality”.

Risibly fake “jeopardy” scenes — a young intern is trapped inside the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, with only a cameraman for company — are contrasted with some gung-ho excavations that would have any professional archaeologist squirming.

Mercurial isn’t the word to describe Hawass — he screams at his underlings before calmly continuing an explanation of 26th Dynasty mummification techniques — and
the actual point of the programme remains as obscure as Hawass’s avowals of his own expertise.

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  • Episode 1

    Stuck

    Summary

    Egyptologist Dr Zahi Hawass and his team supervise the restoration of the step pyramid at Saqqara, the oldest in Egypt, but a young member of the fellowship programme becomes trapped inside.

    Review

    Want to learn more about the reality of Egyptian archaeology? You won’t find it in this weird show (first shown on Sky 3 in February). Ostensibly a 24/7 look at the work of Dr Zahi Hawass, the ubiquitous Egyptian head of antiquities, it comes across as Indiana Jones meets Made in Chelsea-style “scripted reality”.

    Risibly fake “jeopardy” scenes — a young intern is trapped inside the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, with only a cameraman for company — are contrasted with some gung-ho excavations that would have any professional archaeologist squirming.

    Mercurial isn’t the word to describe Hawass — he screams at his underlings before calmly continuing an explanation of 26th Dynasty mummification techniques — and
    the actual point of the programme remains as obscure as Hawass’s avowals of his own expertise.

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