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Tutankhamun: unearthing the boy king’s lost tomb
One hundred years ago, in 1922, Egyptologist Howard Carter made one of the most spectacular discoveries in the history of archaeology, when he unearthed the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. In the first episode in our new series on the life, death and legacy of the iconic pharaoh, Toby Wilkinson and Okasha El Daly tell Ellie Cawthorne about the hunt for the boy king’s tomb – which had lain undisturbed for more than 3,000 years – and the controversies sparked by the discovery.
Tutankhamun: Egypt in the era of the boy king
Tutankhamun’s reign took place during one of ancient Egypt’s most fascinating and turbulent periods – the 18th Dynasty. In episode two of our new series on the boy king, we travel back more than 3,000 years to uncover what was happening in Egypt when Tutankhamun came to the throne. Ellie Cawthorne speaks to expert historians Guy de la Bédoyère and Professor Joyce Tyldesley to uncover stories of immense power and eye-watering wealth, instability, corruption and religious revolution.
Tutankhamun: the mystery of Nefertiti
The striking bust of Nefertiti has captivated people since its discovery in 1912. But who was this queen? How powerful was she? And how was she related to Tutankhamun? In episode 4 of our series on the boy king, Ellie Cawthorne speaks to Professor Aidan Dodson and Professor Joyce Tyldesley to try and unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the woman who may have been Tutankhamun’s mother. Or stepmother. Or grandmother…
Tutankhamun: life & death of the boy king
Tutankhamun is the most famous pharaoh of all, but what do we actually know about his short life and reign? In episode three of our series on the boy king, Ellie Cawthorne speaks to Professor Aidan Dodson and Dr Chris Naunton about the defining events of Tutankhamun’s reign, before taking a look at his family, health and lavish lifestyle. They also investigate the young pharaoh’s premature death, delving into theories of murder, malaria and death by hippopotamus.
Tutankhamun: treasures of the tomb
When Howard Carter cracked open Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, he marvelled at the “wonderful things” he had discovered. But what exactly were these “wonderful things” and what can they tell us about the boy king, and the time he lived in? In episode 5 of our series on Tutankhamun, Professor Toby Wilkinson takes Ellie Cawthorne on a tour of the tomb and the treasures found within – from golden sandals and glittering jewels to royal loincloths and ancient buffet items.
Tutankhamun: secrets of the pharaoh's mummy
There’s no more instantly recognisable symbol of ancient Egypt than a mummy. And, of course, the mummy of Tutankhamun is the most famous of all. But what can we learn from looking at the mummified body of an ancient boy king? In episode 6 of our series on Tutankhamun, Ellie Cawthorne and Dr Chris Naunton explore what the ancient Egyptians believed happened after death, delve into ancient mummification processes and follow Tutankhamun’s mummy on his somewhat unexpected adventures in the afterlife.
Just to reiterate another review, it’s very unclear when to expect episodes and when new episodes are available. Otherwise it would be 5 star program. I just expect more clarity when paying for a podcast.
Great podcast offers eclectic programming with expert knowledge!
BBC History brings to the table a superb podcast with a diverse array of topics. While it may lean a little heavy on British history topics from time to time, this isn’t surprising given the publisher, but the service still offers a pretty wide ranging selection of topics in European, American, and world history. The podcast involves interviews with renown historians often plugging the latest research. The interviews are pretty neat, especially the “Everything You Need to Know About…” episodes where they take straight-to-the-point Q&A’s from online askers. Some topics even have multiple episode mini-series and the podcast app itself also breaks down their archives into subtopics which is pretty convenient and immersive. Great academic discussions supported with an organized and efficient app provide an excellent podcast service!
I absolutely love this podcast but since signing up for Plus I’ve been confused about a few points.
Do I keep two icons on my Apple app?
Will I only get weekly updates on Plus?
Will the daily podcasts be ad free?