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Discovery to broadcast live from egypt with unprecedented access to mysterious archaeological site

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MUMBAI: Egypt remains a land shrouded in deep mystery and wonder. Discovery announced it will broadcast live from Egypt in search of ancient artifacts and open an Egyptian sarcophagus for the very first time. The 2 hours live special, ‘EXPEDITION UNKNOWN: EGYPT LIVE, will air on Monday, April 8. In India, ‘EXPEDITION UNKNOWN: EGYPT LIVE’ will be deferred live at 11:00 hrs IST with a repeat at 18:00 hrs IST on Discovery Channel and Discovery HD World.

“This is Discovery at its best, as we seek to uncover history that has been buried in the sands of Egypt for millennia,” said Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer, Discovery & Factual. “I’m excited as Josh Gates takes us on one of his most ambitious expeditions yet.”

The live 2-hour multiplatform event will be hosted by adventurer and avid explorer Josh Gates, who will be joined by world-renowned Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, and Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt. The epic event will be produced by Discovery Studios and Ping Pong Productions in association with Big Dreams Entertainment with Leslie Greif as executive producer.

Viewers will have the rare opportunity to see the inner chambers of an excavation site, where archeologists recently uncovered a network of vertical shafts leading to an underground network of tunnels and tombs with 40 mummies believed to be part of the noble elite.

The massive underground complex of chambers is a treasure trove of antiquities – all laying undisturbed for thousands of years. But there are several chambers yet to be explored – and many more discoveries to be revealed, including a mysterious limestone sarcophagus found buried deep within the complex. The identity of the mummy inside has been a mystery for 3,000 years... Possibly until now.

Followers of @Discovery on Instagram will be given a behind the scenes look during the live broadcast with additional insights and exciting moments led by our team of expert archeologists and historians. Viewers are also invited to join conversation on Twitter using hashtag #ExpeditionUnknown for a chance to be featured on-air and watch past seasons of EXPEDITION UNKNOWN on Discovery GO. Host Josh Gates can be found on Facebook: @joshgatesofficial, Twitter: @joshuagates, and Instagram: @gatesygram.

As a prelude to EXPEDITION UNKNOWN: EGYPT LIVE, Discovery channel and Discovery HD World will premiere special Egypt based series Expedition Unknown - Great Women Of Ancient Egypt, Expedition Unknown- Egypt’s Lost Queens Surviving Exodus on 7th April from 12:00 hrs IST to 15:00 hrs IST.

EXPEDITION UNKNOWN: EGYPT LIVE (w/t) is produced for Discovery Channel by Discovery Studios and Ping Pong Productions in association with Big Dreams Entertainment. For Big Dreams Entertainment, Leslie Greif is executive producer. For Discovery Studios, Sandy Varo Jarrell, Peter Isacksen and Jason Sklaver serve as executive producers. For Ping Pong Productions, Brad Kuhlman, Casey Brumels and Josh Gates are executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Howard Swartz is executive producer.

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