Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I love Chasing Mummies

Have you been watching this show on History Channel? A Hollywood film crew follows Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egypt's chief of antiquities, and his team of college interns (fellow, whatever). Sure, the coeds and the production crew -- which ends up on screen and part of the narrative more than any other reality show I've seen -- often come off as naive and oblivious to the profound opportunity they have been given. And Hawass, well, he has a hot temper, a short fuse and will not hesistate to tear into someone who has irritated him. But you know what? When he lashes out at people, for the most part, they deserve it. (A girl relieved herself in the Great Pyramid. C'mon, who wouldn't go ballistic?) Frankly, I'm happy to know the antiquities have such a fierce defender on their side.
So, already this season, the group has journeyed into the Great Pyramid and the Step Pyramid, found what Hawass believes to be the remains of Queen Sesheshet, and been rescued by Bedouins in the White Desert. Whew! This week they'll be focusing on raising a piece of a shrine to Cleopatra in the Alexandrian harbor. Awesome!

Check out the show's website here: http://www.history.com/shows/chasing-mummies

And here's the official show promo:

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