Friday, January 25, 2008

Al-Ahram Weekly | Heritage | Screen rites

Al-Ahram Weekly | Heritage | Screen rites

A positive review at last of a archaeological documentary, even if it was a bit of a soap opera.

"It was quite by chance that I turned on the TV last summer and found myself watching the most gratifying coverage of an excavation I have ever seen. The subject of the documentary was an intact chamber at the bottom of a shaft not far from the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings. No fewer than seven coffins were discovered -- two of them apparently intact -- along with 29 large storage jars. Since the step-by-step coverage of the excavation may not be screened again -- and even if it is, people may not have a chance to see it -- I shall describe the events that led up to the official opening of the large sealed coffin in an ongoing and enormously challenging project"

Review by Jill Kamil

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