Egypt: What Lies Beneath?
Sunday, 7.30pm, SBS One With its temples, pyramids and pharaohs, no other civilisation has such a powerful grip on our imagination. So begins this BBC documentary. There have been so many investigations of Egypt on television, you have to wonder if the imagination that is gripped hasn’t already been slaked, and whether its effect is chiefly on filmmakers. As if to address this problem, we are told that despite 200 years of digging (and what feels like 300 years of documentaries), vast areas of ancient Egypt remain unexplored. Some archeologists, including presenter Dr Sarah Parcak, believe we may have discovered only 1 per cent of what exists. Incredibly, Parcak and her team use satellites to ‘‘ see’’ beneath the surface of the earth. This technology can identify an underground city not in decades but in moments.