The Val­ley of the Kings

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 7.30pm, SBS One I al­ways wanted to ride into the Val­ley of the Kings so, on hol­i­day a few years ago, I ob­tained a horse af­ter much argy-bargy. But struck down by Tu­tankhamen’s re­venge, I barely made it in — by bus. This ex­tra­or­di­nary an­cient civil­i­sa­tion con­tin­ues to fas­ci­nate gen­er­a­tions; in the first three months of last year more than 2.5 mil­lion tourists vis­ited Egypt but po­lit­i­cal un­rest has seen num­bers fall. Bri­tish Egyp­tol­o­gist Jo Fletcher has built a ca­reer from ex­plor­ing the rit­u­als and cul­ture of th­ese an­cient peo­ple. Tonight she in­tro­duces us to mar­ried cou­ple Kha and Meryt, who’ve been dead for about 3500 years. By ex­am­in­ing their mum­mies she’s able to tell the story of daily life back then.

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