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NOVA: Building Pharaoh's Chariot

Some historians claim that the Egyptian chariot launched a technological and strategic revolution and was the secret weapon behind Egypt’s greatest era of conquest known as the New Kingdom. But was the chariot really a revolutionary design?

Scene of hunting from a chariot, found in a tomb.

Scene of hunting from a chariot, found in a tomb.

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

The north wall at the Temple of Karnak, where Seti I is shown mounting his chariot to make war with his enemies.

The north wall at the Temple of Karnak, where Seti I is shown mounting his chariot to make war with his enemies.

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

Stone fragment of Tuthmosis III in the atef crown.

Stone fragment of Tuthmosis III in the atef crown.

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

Andre Veldmeijer and Selima Ikram with leather fragments from the Tano chariot.

Andre Veldmeijer and Selima Ikram with leather fragments from the Tano chariot.

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

Gunther Kunst and Irene F. Mueller with Egypt's earliest complete horse skeleton.

Gunther Kunst and Irene F. Mueller with Egypt's earliest complete horse skeleton.

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

Electrum chariot with harness and solar disc.

Electrum chariot with harness and solar disc.

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

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