Cast: Philip Gardiner
Robert Bauval leads this exploration of the history of Egypt, examining various articles of historical and archeological evidence to support the theory that society's origins trace back most directly to this culture and its developments. See more details below
Robert Bauval leads this exploration of the history of Egypt, examining various articles of historical and archeological evidence to support the theory that society's origins trace back most directly to this culture and its developments.
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Remember the last line from The Thing: "Watch the skies!"? That's basically what Robert Bauval is saying in this extended interview, which I found fascinating and utterly convincing. Beginning with his discovery that the three great pyramids of Egypt mirror the size and arrangement of the three stars in Orion's belt, Bauval advocates looking at ancient civilizations with an astronomer's eye to explain those civilizations' behavior. The sky is a book we don't read anymore, he claims. Along the way, Bauval demands science be scientific and not autocratic, which also seems like a modest enough idea. All the ancients looked at the sky, why not the Egyptians? Perhaps his theories can't presently be proved, but I wouldn't bet against them because they fall precisely in line with what science has discovered in my lifetime: ancient civilizations are older than once thought, ancient civilizations are more sophisticated than we once thought, what seemed like crackpot ideas are now common knowledge, the dedicated amateur often sees things the "expert" can't, and ancient civilizations were far more mobile than we once gave them credit for.