Published on Oct 7, 2013
Why did the Egyptian Old Kingdom collapse? What led to the demise of the greatest civilisation the world has ever seen? Professor Fekri Hassan looks at the possibility that a plague swept through Egypt… but as usual Egyptologists think the hieroglyphs were just a series of ramblings that weren’t true (yeah, like Egyptians wrote nonsense on their walls). Is there any evidence to back up the story that a famine engulfed Egypt for a hundred years? Of course, otherwise we wouldn’t have this programme!
Peter deMenocal and Gerald Bond – Lamont-Doherty Laboratory
A BBC / TLC co-production and aired in 2001.