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SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Scanning The Pyramids

Scan Pyramids presents results in augmented reality.
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Scan Pyramids presents results in augmented reality.

Encore Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On Demand

Following the publication of Nature's article acknowledging the greatest discovery in Egypt’s Khufu pyramid for more than 1,000 years, THIRTEEN’s SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Scanning The Pyramids” will unveil the adventure behind this revelation in this documentary.

The only one of the seven wonders of the world still standing, the Great Pyramid of Khufu has fascinated people for centuries.


Tracing the origin of the legends of secret chambers hidden in the heart of the pyramid, SECRETS OF THE DEAD will show what lies within, solving a 4,500-year-old mystery, by following the first scientific mission in 30 years to be authorized by the Egyptian government to examine the pyramids of Egypt.

Passionate about ancient history, the global team of Scan Pyramids consists of particle physicists, experts in innovation and 3D technologies, and engineers in thermal imaging from Egypt, France, Japan, and Canada.

For more than two years, they explored every corner of the pyramid, using non-invasive technologies including infrared cameras, 3D scanners and cosmological particle detectors located inside and outside the monument.

Their search detected unknown cavities in the Great Pyramid of Khufu for the first time since the Middle Ages.

Witness Scan Pyramid’s adventures and successes in this extraordinary scientific and historical journey through time and space that led to this historic discovery.


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SECRETS OF THE DEAD is on Facebook, Tumblr, and you can follow @SecretsPBS on Twitter. #SecretsDeadPBS

You can follow the HIP Institute on Twitter. #ScanPyramids


A production of Bonne Pioche Télévision in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, CuriosityStream, France Télévisions, HIP Institute, and NHK. Directed by Florence Tran with the collaboration of Pascal Cuissot. Produced by Bonne Pioche. Stephanie Carter is executive producer for SECRETS OF THE DEAD.