NGC to telecast live 1st time opening of Pyramid chamber

NEW DELHI: "4,500 years ago A door was sealed for eternity. On September 17 We open it, LIVE." As a programming kicker that would take some beating. And that is certainly what the National Geographic Channel will be banking on Egypt: Secret Chambers Revealed - when live images of the opening of an unfinished Queen's Chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza are beamed for the first time ever.

The show broadcasts live worldwide on 17 September (5:30 am Indian time with a repeat telecast at 9:00 pm).

The Great Pyramid is the most magnificent of all of Egypt's pyramids. National Geographic Society Grantee and noted American Egyptologist Dr Mark Lehner, who has worked on this project, will be in Delhi tomorrow and will speak about his experiences in Egypt while shooting for the programme and the new discoveries they made in Egypt which will be revealed in the programme to the media.

In Egypt: Secret Chambers Revealed, Dr Lehner, along with another noted Egyptologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Dr Zahi Hawass, will take viewers deep within Khufu's Great Pyramid to the Queen's Chamber, where architecturally complex shafts remain a mystery - their function and purpose unknown. Employing a state-of-the-art, custom-built robot - dubbed the "Pyramid Rover" - they will penetrate into the Great Pyramid's southern shaft in an attempt to travel deeper than anyone has gone since they were built and also give viewers a glimpse of the life of the many workers who dedicated their lives to building the Pyramids, an official release says.

During the course of the show viewers will be taken deep into the heart of the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, and then into the tomb of an ancient official, whose role in the logic-defying construction of the Great Pyramid is unknown. Viewers will be able to watch live as Dr Hawass and Dr Lehner penetrate hidden passageways and open a 4,500-year-old coffin, Egypt's oldest intact sarcophagus ever found by modern archaeologists.

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