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The professor explores one of Saqqara's last pyramid complexes to illustrate how Ancient Egypt's `Pyramid Age' came to an end.
A worsening climate combined with political upheaval, famine and economic difficulties to plunge the state into a dark era of civil war, with the land dividing into smaller city-states headed by ambitious small-town leaders.
In an obscure tomb in Thebes, she uncovers the stories of warriors who fought in the bloody battle that would eventually lead to Egypt's reunification, and reveals how settlers known as the `Hyksos' tried to infiltrate the fledgling nation's government to seize the throne.
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Previous broadcasts on TV
Broadcasts in 2018
On BBC Four
13/03/2018 at 20:00
Broadcasts in 2016
On BBC Two
27/01/2016 at 01:05
On BBC Two
11/01/2016 at 21:00