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Duration: 59 minutes

Over 3,000 years ago legend has it that Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's first female pharaoh, sent a fleet of ships to the wonderful, distant land of Punt. A bas-relief in the temple where she is entombed in Luxor shows them bringing back extraordinary treasures. But did this expedition really happen? And if it did, where exactly is the land of Punt?

Drawing upon recent finds, archaeologist Cheryl Ward sets out to recreate the voyage in a full-size replica of one of these ancient ships, sailing it in the wake of Hatshepsut's fleet in search of the mythical land of Punt. A human adventure as well as a scientific challenge, the expedition proves that, contrary to popular belief, the ancient Egyptians had the necessary tools, science and techniques to sail the seas.

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Tue 9 Jul 2013 00:50 BBC Four

  • Photo: Pharaoh Hatshepsut

    Photo: Pharaoh Hatshepsut

    A dramatised re-enactment of a moment in the life of the great Pharaoh Hatshepsut.

  • Photo: Bas-relief

    Photo: Bas-relief

    The bas-relief in Luxor temple shows the Queen Hatshepsut's fleet of ships.


Stephane Begoin
Executive Producer
Chris Hilton
Executive Producer
Valerie Abita
Cheryl Ward
Tom Vosmer
Mohamed Abd El-Maguid
David Vann
Patrick Couser
Kathryn Bard
Rodolfo Fattovich


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