Egypt's Golden Empire
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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
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."

Stephen Harvey
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.

Zahi Hawass
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.

Antonio Loprieno
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.

David O'Connor
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
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."

Kate Spence
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.

Kent Weeks
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 site credits

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The Series

-Episode 1
-Episode 2
-Episode 3

-Transcript 1
-Transcript 2
-Transcript 3

-Director's Diary
-Series Contributors

Egypt's Golden Empire