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Egyptian Pyramids(12 Photos)
Explore images of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza, Saqqarah, Dahshur and Maydum.
Mesoamerican Pyramids(14 Photos)
Explore images of Mesoamerican pyramids from Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, Tikal, Palenque and Uxmal. Learn about an ancient calendar as well.
Egyptian Relief Sculpture and Painting
Egyptian Relief Sculpture and Painting(11 Photos)
Discover some of Egypt's most remarkable relief sculptures and paintings, displayed in the tombs of leaders such as King Tut or Queen Nefertiti
Deconstructing History: The Great Pyramid
Deconstructing History: The Great PyramidVideo Clip (1:31)
Video Clip (1:31)
Did you know that the Great Pyramid of Giza weighs 6.5 million tons? Get the facts on what makes this ancient wonder a true architectural marvel.
Coroner's Report: King Tut
Coroner's Report: King TutVideo Clip (2:18)
Video Clip (2:18)
According to one theory, an accident caused the untimely death of teenage pharaoh King Tut. How might a broken leg have sent him to his tomb?
Engineering the Taj Mahal
Engineering the Taj MahalVideo Clip (3:52)
Video Clip (3:52)
The Taj Mahal is a marvel of engineering that was built as a mausoleum for the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
Coroner's Report: Cleopatra
Coroner's Report: CleopatraVideo Clip (2:34)
Video Clip (2:34)
Legend has it that Cleopatra took her own life by succumbing willingly to the bite of a cobra. If this story is true, was suicide by snake venom an easy way to go, or did the last Egyptian pharaoh die in excruciating pain?
Discovery of a Pyramid Builder's Tomb
Discovery of a Pyramid Builder's TombVideo Clip (1:57)
Video Clip (1:57)
The team examines a workmen's cemetary in Giza, and Dr. Hawass explains why a particular tomb belonged to a pyramid builder.
Journey to the Afterlife
Journey to the AfterlifeVideo Clip (2:13)
Video Clip (2:13)
Ancient Egyptians face challenges in their quest for eternal life, and turn to the Book of the Dead for answers.
Coroner's Report: Aztec Sacrifice
Coroner's Report: Aztec SacrificeVideo Clip (2:59)
Video Clip (2:59)
When Aztec priests made human sacrifices to their gods, they would tear out the victim's heart and hold it in the air. Would the heart really still be beating?
The AztecsVideo Clip (1:20)
Video Clip (1:20)
Though they could build complex suspension bridges, the Aztecs could not ward off diseases brought over by the Spanish.
The MayansVideo Clip (1:36)
Video Clip (1:36)
The growth of the great Mayan civilization is as much a mystery as its disappearance.
Celtic Burial Mound
Celtic Burial MoundVideo Clip (2:25)
Video Clip (2:25)
Don Wildman takes a closer look at a pre-historic structures hidden inside a mountain in Dowth, Ireland.
Desert DangersVideo Clip (2:53)
Video Clip (2:53)
While producing Chasing Mummies, the crew braved a variety of dangers from snakes to dehydration to starvation in pursuit of history.
Mysteries of King Sety's Tomb
Mysteries of King Sety's TombVideo Clip (2:28)
Video Clip (2:28)
Dr. Hawass explores the mysteries of the artifacts found at King Sety's Tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
Meet LeslieVideo Clip (2:14)
Video Clip (2:14)
As an executive producer of Chasing Mummies, Leslie Greif is just trying to keep up with the passionate, and volatile, Egyptian archeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass.
Tomb of Agamemnon
Tomb of AgamemnonVideo Clip (1:50)
Video Clip (1:50)
It's stunning architecture and great size leads archeologist to believe that this is the tomb of the king Agamemnon.
Mummy ManiaVideo Clip (1:11)
Video Clip (1:11)
When Bram Stoker wrote "Jewel of Seven Stars" in the early 1900s, he described an ancient Egyptian mummy who comes to life and slaughters everyone in sight. His writing sparked mummy madness among the Victorians.
Meet ZahiVideo Clip (2:19)
Video Clip (2:19)
Dr. Zahi Hawass is an archaeologist who will stop at nothing to uncover mummies and other treasures buried beneath the sands of Egypt.
How to Make a Mummy
How to Make a MummyVideo Clip (2:10)
Video Clip (2:10)
A step by step process of how a body was prepared for mummification. The brain was removed along with all other major organs except the heart.
Mummy SecretsVideo Clip (1:09)
Video Clip (1:09)
For years, scientists have been trying to figure out how Egyptians mummified their dead. Secrets of the trade were passed down from father to son, allowing the process to remain a closely guarded secret.
Mummy Unwrapping Parties
Mummy Unwrapping PartiesVideo Clip (1:02)
Video Clip (1:02)
Nobody knows when mummy unwrapping parties first started, but royalty used to throw them quite often. Although mummy unwrapping ultimately went out of fashion, mummies never have.
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