Science Channel is gearing up for a new two-hour special highlighting the latest research on the Kush Empire, Lost Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs, set to bow next month.
For most of the last century, research on ancient Nubia has been limited, but in the last few years, as war in Sudan has died down, there has been an explosion of exploration there with more than 30 teams of archaeologists working along the Sudanese Nile. Large-scale excavations are taking place that are uncovering new evidence that Nubia was a great civilization equal to that of Egypt’s. Lost Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs tells this incredible story of the Kush Empire’s 100-year reign over Egypt while also going back further to detail the overall history of Nubia.
The special follows research teams that include Geoff Emberling of the University of Michigan and Pearce Paul Creasman of the University of Arizona, who are unearthing a lost fortified city, opening newly discovered pyramids, and extracting DNA from the ancient dead, to show how this African culture, home to fabulous wealth, monumental architecture and a rich culture, all led by a black dynasty, should now be given its place alongside the great revered ancient civilizations.
Lost Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs is produced by Alleycats Films for Science Channel.
“This is unique and special program with rare and privileged access, that sets out to right a wrong perpetrated by early archeologists who refused to see or acknowledge the contributions of the black pharaohs to the glory of ancient Egypt,” said Neil Laird, executive producer for Science Channel.