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Belief and Superstition (Episode 5)

This episode explores Ancient Egyptian beliefs and superstitions. We discover how environmental scientist; studying Twister Bristlecone Pines in the White mountains of California believe these trees hold vital clues in the search for an explanation of the biblical plagues. We solve the mystery of 180 thousand feline corpses, spread upon farmland in Victorian England, and investigate the role of different animals in Egyptian religion, both in this life and the next. We investigate the deadly curse cast by King Tutankhamen from beyond the grave and chart the science that separates curse from coincidence. What’s more, we test a mummified baboon using state of the art technology and unlock the secrets of the Ancient Egyptian’s ‘paradise on earth’ – the land of Punt.