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The Road to the Pyramids

Joann Fletcher explains how ancient Egypt's story fits together. In the first episode, she goes in search of the building blocks of Egyptian civilisation.

In the first episode, Professor Joann Fletcher goes in search of the building blocks of Egyptian civilisation and finds out what made ancient Egypt the incredible civilisation that it was.

Joann sees how people here changed, in just a few centuries, from primitive farmers to pyramid builders and finds the early evidence for Egypt's amazing gods and obsession with death and the afterlife.

On her search, Joann travels almost 20,000 years back in time to discover north Africa's earliest rock art, she discovers how the first writing was used to calculate taxes and explores one of the first stone structures on earth - Egypt's first pyramid. Joann ends her journey in the largest monument of them all - the Great Pyramid. Here, she explains how Egypt had now reached a pinnacle - the ultimate society, creating one of the wonders of the ancient world.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 9 Jan 2019 23:00

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Role Contributor
Presenter Joann Fletcher
Writer Joann Fletcher
Series Producer Caterina Turroni
Expert Richard Redding
Director Ian A Hunt
Producer Ian A Hunt
Director Sophie Elwin Harris
Producer Sophie Elwin Harris
Executive Producer Gillian Mosely
Executive Producer Bill Locke
Production Manager Chrissie Barlow
Production Coordinator Katie King
Assistant Producer Georgina Stewart
Researcher Harpreet Gill
Production Company Lion Television


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BBC News: Egypt Timeline

A chronology of key events in Egypt.