Egypt: What Lies Be­neath?

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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