AN ancient Egyptian mummy’s sarcophagus closed up to 4,000 years ago will be opened LIVE on TV in a world first – sparking fears a curse could spread to viewers.
A two-hour special to be broadcast on Discovery Channel will see explorer Josh Gates and his team prize open the hallowed tomb – which could date back to the first Pharaohs around 3,100BC.
Explorer Josh Gates will prize open an ancient mummy’s sarcophagus live on TV[/caption]
The ancient sarcophagus could date back to as long as 4,000 years ago (stock image)[/caption]
They will first navigate an underground network of tunnels and chambers where 40 mummies thought to have been members of ancient Egypt’s noble elite were laid to rest.
Nancy Daniels, Discovery’s chief brand officer, said: “This is Discovery at its best, as we seek to uncover history that has been buried in the sands of Egypt for millennia.”
She added: “I’m excited as Josh Gates takes us on one of his most ambitious expeditions yet.”
Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live will be broadcast live in the US on April 7 – although it is unclear if there will be a UK showing.
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Joining Josh will be TV personality Chris Jacobs and Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass as well as Mostafa Waziri – Egypt’s secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Viewers will see the team track down the sarcophagus through a maze of ancient tunnels at an unknown site.
The exact location has not been disclosed to help preserve the artefacts.
The identity of the mummy inside has been a mystery for millennia.
Host Josh said he isn’t sure what he will find when he lifts the stone lid — but is expecting human remains.
It’s a fascinating place to get a snapshot of this period of Egyptian history
He said: ”Kind of the beauty of this is, I don’t know and I think that’s the fun of it.”
Josh added: “A few years ago, [archaeologists] started making some really significant discoveries here: a series of burial shafts leading down to a network of chambers and tunnels.
“There’s a lot of folks buried down in these chambers.
“A lot of noble elite, high priests, things like that.
“So it’s a fascinating place to get a snapshot of this period of Egyptian history.”
The opening of the sarcophagus on live TV will spark fear among some conspiracy theorists that a potential ancient curse could strike viewers at home.
Infamously, some of the discoverers of King Tutankhamen’s tomb died in haunting circumstances in the months and years that followed.
Lord Carnarvon, the financial backer of the excavation team, died from an infected mosquito bite just three months after the tomb was opened in 1923.
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Sir Archibald Douglas-Reid, who X-rayed the pharaoh’s remains, was killed by a mystery illness the following year.
And English archaeologist Howard Carter, who tracked down King Tut’s remains in 1922, died in 1939 from Hodgkin’s Disease aged 64.
In January, conservationists restored King Tut’s hallowed tomb after ten painstaking years of work.
- Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live will air on Discovery in the US on Sunday, April 7, live at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. The Sun Online has asked Discovery if there will be a UK broadcast
Josh Gates and his team will take viewers through ancient tunnels and chambers to reach the tomb[/caption]
Josh Gates said the beauty of the broadcast will be that no one knows what is inside the sarcophagus[/caption]
Josh Gates is passionate about ancient Egypt[/caption]
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