Preview | Scanning the Pyramids - About the Film

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 a new documentary premiering nationwide Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

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.

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.

Support for Secrets of the Dead is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

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On the next Secrets of the Dead A discovery that made news around the world.

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Cutting edge technology lets us peer inside the great pyramid for the first time in 4,000 years.

Scientists used infra-red thermography and cosmic particle analysis and found unknown chambers inside the ancient wonder.

Scanning the Pyramids Next time on Secrets of the Dead.