In this four-part series for BBC Two, Professor Joann Fletcher explains how Ancient Egypt’s extraordinary story fits together, from nomads to pyramid builders, from tomb robbers to the last of the pharaohs.
The result is the world’s most fascinating and enduring civilisation.
Born in Barnsley and now working at York University, Prof Fletcher is one of the world’s leading experts in Egyptology.
In the first episode, she goes in search of the building blocks of Egyptian civilisation and attempts to explain how the society evolved, in just a few centuries, from primitive farmers to pyramid builders.
Joann travels almost 20,000 years back in time to discover North Africa’s earliest rock art in Qurta, upper Egypt, and explores the primal signs of Egyptian society at one of the earliest settlements along the River Nile. She discovers the first writing that was used to calculate taxes, and explores one of the first stone structures on Earth – Egypt’s first pyramid.
She ends her journey in the greatest monument of them all, the Great Pyramid. Here she explains how Egypt had now reached its pinnacle: the ultimate ancient society, creating one of the wonders of the ancient world.
Immortal Egypt with Joann Fletcher, BBC2, Monday, 9pm