The Silver Pharaoh

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An incredible find in the desert of Egypt, but overshadowed by World War II. Seventy years later archaeologists are taking a closer look at the legacy of this mysterious pharaoh.

For more than 5,000 years, tomb raiders plundered the graves of Egypt's ancient pharaohs. By the 20th century, every royal tomb archaeologists entered had already been robbed, except one.

Inside was a prize beyond imagining. One of the most spectacular discoveries inside the crypt was the exquisite silver sarcophagus of Pharaoh Psusennes I, an, up till now, obscure ruler who governed Egypt more than 3000 years ago during one of its most difficult periods.

Egyptologists have re-examined the tomb and the fabulous city which surrounded it, and the first full examination of the pharaoh's remains has revealed surprising results. Using source material from the team who first discovered the tomb, investigators are decoding the message of these fabulous treasures to lift the veil on one of the most mysterious periods of Egypt's history - the era of the Silver Pharaoh.

At an excavation site near the Nile, a French archeology team has been toiling for more than a decade. Professor Pierre Montet, the archaeologist leading the team, has announced an extraordinary discovery. He's uncovered a pharaoh from an era few people know anything about. What Montet had found there will rewrite the story of ancient Egypt.