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The Man who Discovered Egypt

Documentary about English Egyptologist Flinders Petrie. Ancient Egypt was vandalised by tomb raiders until one Victorian maverick pioneered modern field archaeology.

Documentary about English Egyptologist Flinders Petrie, the pioneer of systematic methodology in archaeology. Ancient Egypt was vandalised by tomb raiders and treasure hunters until this Victorian adventurer took them on. Most people have never heard of him, but this maverick undertook a scientific survey of the pyramids, discovered the oldest portraits in the world, unearthed Egypt's prehistoric roots - and in the process invented modern field archaeology, giving meaning to a whole civilisation.

1 hour


Wed 3 Feb 2021 22:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade for Strings

  • Edward Elgar


  • Edward Elgar

    The Sad Doll

  • Edward Elgar

    Interlude from The Crown of India

  • Edward Elgar

    Chanson De Matin

  • Edward Elgar

    Nursery Suite

  • Arvo Pärt


  • Usef Ahmadi

    Dawn of Amou Ra

  • James S. Levine

    Mild Shine

  • Hermann Langschwert

    Ancient Dream

  • Kronos Quartet

    My Love, Come Quickly

  • Gustav Holst

    The Planets Suite

  • Robin Jeffrey

    Timeless Land


Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Naunton
Executive Producer Christina Macaulay
Director Deborah Perkin


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