Egypt's Golden Empire was fortunate to have leading voices
in their fields associated with this project.
Keith David, Narrator
Acclaimed Hollywood actor, Keith David narrates the series. He has
featured in numerous motion pictures including, "There's Something
About Mary," "Armageddon" and "Platoon."
Nicole Douek, Historian
An Egyptologist who studied ancient history and Egyptology at University
College, London. She lectures at the British Museum and at the Metropolitan
Museum in New York. She has excavated in Egypt with the Egypt Exploration
Society, led many tours to Egypt, Syria and Jordan, and is author
of "The Great Events of Bible Times."
Professor Stephen Harvey, Historian
He is the assistant director of the Institute of Egyptian Art &
Archaeology of the University of Memphis, USA, where he is also
an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art. He received his
doctorate in Egyptian archeology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Under the sponsorship of the University of Pennsylvania-Yale-Institute
of Fine Arts New York University Expedition, Professor Harvey is
field director of the Ahmose and Tetisheri project at Abydos, where
he has excavated the major monuments of the pharaoh Ahmose, including
the last known Egyptian royal pyramid.
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egyptologist
He is the undersecretary of state for the Giza Pyramids. Dr Hawass
supervises 100 archeologists on the Giza Plateau and another 20
at the Saqqara necropolis, as well as an assortment of support and
conservation specialists at both sites. He won a Fulbright Fellowship
and studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a
master's and a doctorate in Egyptology. Dr Hawass has also studied
archaeology and produced a prodigious number of academic publications
such as "Valley of the Golden Mummies," along with lecture tours
and film collaborations.
Professor Antonio Loprieno, Historian
Heads the Egyptology program at the University of California, Los
Angeles. He is chair of the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages
and Cultures (NELC) and co-editor of "Lingua Aegyptia," the journal
of Egyptian language studies. His research includes work in the
fields of language, literature, comparative Afroasiatics and religion.
Professor David O'Connor, Historian
Studied Near Eastern archaeology at the University of Sydney, Australia.
He has a diploma in Egyptology from University College, London and
a doctorate in Egyptology from the University of Cambridge, England.
Since 1995 he has been the Lila Acheson Wallace professor of ancient
Egyptian art at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.
Professor O'Connor has excavated extensively in Egypt and Nubia,
and is project co-Director of a major excavation of Abydos. Following
numerous publications, Professor O'Connor is currently completing
two books, "The Sacred Landscape of Abydos" and "Cosmos and City
in Ancient Egypt". He is also co-editing two books on Thutmosis
III and Ramesses III.
John Ray, Egyptologist
He is a Herbert Thompson reader in Egyptology at the University
of Cambridge, and a fellow of Selwyn College. Ray is also a committee
member of the Egypt Exploration Society and director of studies
in archeology. His principal field of interest covers the Late and
Hellenistic periods and he is a specialist in Egyptian demotic texts.
He has also made a significant contribution towards the decipherment
of the Carian script and has worked on numerous publications including
"The Legacy of Ancient Egypt."
Dr. Kate Spence, Historian
A bye-fellow of Christ's College at the University of Cambridge
where she holds a British Academy post-doctoral fellowship and lectures
for the faculty of Oriental Studies in Egyptian architecture. She
is internationally renowned for her pioneering work on the construction
and dating of the Old Kingdom pyramids. Dr Spence has written articles
on various related subjects such as dating the Giza Pyramids and
investigating stellar alignment.
Professor Kent Weeks, Historian
Teaches at the American University in Cairo. He has a doctorate
from Yale University in Egyptology and a bachelor's and master's
degree in anthropology from the University of Washington. In the
late 1970s, Professor Weeks initiated a project to re-map the Valley
of the Kings, and in the early 1990s, discovered the largest and
most complex royal tomb yet found in Egypt, which he believes to
be the family tomb of Ramesses the Great. Next to Howard Carter's
discovery of Tutankamen's tomb in 1922, Professor Weeks' discovery
of "KV5" is considered by many to be one of the most significant
archaeological discoveries in Egypt in the 20th century. He has written
numerous books on the subject including "The Lost Tomb and Tombs
and Temples of Ancient Egypt."
Dr. Joyce Tyldesley, Author
She is an honorary
research fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics and Oriental
Studies at Liverpool University. She has lectured widely on Egyptology
and archaeology, and has worked on many archaeological excavations
in Britain, Europe and Egypt. In addition to her numerous academic
works and papers, she has written several books including "Egypt's
Golden Empire," to accompany the documentary series, and "The Private
Lives of the Pharaohs."
Where to next:
Virtual Egypt - 360
degree panaromas of some of the key shooting locations
Director's Diary - Account
of the shoot in Egypt
Credits - List of production and web