David Adams goes to the lands of the Kush and explores the history of the Black Pharaoh of Egypt. He travels down the part of the Nile that has never been traveled down. Adams wants to learn more about how these pharaohs impacted ancient Egypt. Nearly 3,000 years ago the Kings of Kush conquered Egypt. They would rule Egypt for nearly a century. Adams follows the trail of a British general as he marched to Khartoum. How did these kings of Kush do it? Adams explores this question.
The Nile was the lifeline of the Kushite kingdom. However, it is a thin lifeline. Barely a mile from its banks is desert. Adams explores Sudan to learn more about the Black Pharaohs of Egypt. Even today, the descendants of the Kushites still live in colorful mud houses. Adams tours a school and tells the student about his home in Australia. After this visit, he goes off to explore more about the Kings of Kushites.
Across the river from the school, Adams sees a reminder of the past: an old fort. It was a reminder of how the Nile was fought over. Then he sees a temple built by Amenhotep III. It was this temple that the Kushite kings gained their inspiration for building. Amenhotep III had an outpost in the Nubian Kingdom because it was seen as the end of the earth for Ancient Egyptians.
As Adams travels the Nile, he runs into the third cataract. He cannot go further. This cataract was the original border of Ancient Egypt and the Kushite Kingdom. The next day, Adams goes on the trail of the Kushite Kings. It was here where the Black Pharoah’s launched their invasion of Egypt. Then Adams discusses the modern history of Sudan and talks about the riverboat culture of the Nile. Adams then experiences a local tradition: being buried in the sand. He is reminded of the tradition where when a Pharaoh died his wives and courtiers were buried alive with him.
Adams goes further into Sudan to learn more about the Black Pharaohs. He enters the land of old pyramids and temples. These temples and pyramids date back to the Black Pharaohs. He climbs a sacred mountain and it was from this mountain that the Black Pharaohs launched their invasion of Egypt. This sacred mountain was the home of the gods; where heaven and earth came together. It was the highest point in Sudan and the place where they could survey their kingdom.
Inside this mountain is a secret labyrinth and inside Adams discovered pictographs. It was here that the Pharaohs prayed to become gods. It was here that the pharaohs planned to launch their invasion of Egypt. After viewing a wedding, Adams wants to go further into the desert to see the pyramids of the black pharaohs. He goes on a train journey.
Adams eventually sees the pyramids of the Black Pharaohs’. These pyramids are known as the “forgotten pyramids.” These pyramids are relatively new, about 2,400 years old. However, like their counterparts in the north, these pyramids have been vandalized by tomb raiders. Nineteen kings and fifty-three queens were buried in these pyramids. The tops of these pyramids were blown off by a treasure hunter. This pyramid complex highlights the uniqueness of the Kushite civilization.
This series is more of a travel documentary than a historical documentary series. It would be a good fit for a geography class. I would not show the full documentary to a history class, but I would use clips in a lecture from this documentary. Other than clips, I do not recommend this documentary for a history class.
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