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Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher discovers what life was like for ordinary Egyptians 3,500 years ago. She looks at the mysterious world of the ancient Egyptian afterlife.

What was it like to live and die in ancient Egypt, 3,500 years ago? Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher goes on a fascinating journey in search of people like us - not the great Pharaohs but the ordinary people who built and populated this incredible ancient civilisation.

This episode reveals a strange and mysterious world - the ancient Egyptian afterlife. To them life was just a dress rehearsal for the perfect afterlife they were trying to reach. Joann clambers into rarely visited tombs, explores a treasure trove of long-buried objects and examines spectacular mummies to discover just why the Egyptians spent a fortune preparing for death - and what they hoped to find when they got there.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 9 Dec 2017 19:00


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Role Contributor
Presenter Joann Fletcher
Director Ian A Hunt
Producer Caterina Turroni