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The Pharaoh Who Conquered the Sea

Legend has it that Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's first female pharaoh, sent ships to the land of Punt. Cheryl Ward sets out to recreate the voyage, in search of this mythical land.

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.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 4 Jun 2014 23:30

Credits

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

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