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        Egypt's Treasure Guardians | Chapters

        Learn about Egypt's "treasure guardians," a group of archaeologists, conservators, and engineers working to guard national heritage, following years of political upheaval, by building a museum. To preserve its rich history and to tempt visitors back, Egypt is building the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) - the greatest Egyptian monument since the pyramids! Archaeologists across the country are opening new dig sites to find artifacts for display, with the hope that teaching the public about important historical areas will keep those places protected in the future.

        Meet the Characters | Part 1 | Egypt's Treasure Guardians

        Meet the archaeologists, scholars, conservators, and engineers working to guard national heritage, following years of political upheaval, by building the Grand Egyptian Museum. This will be the greatest national monument since the pyramids, and a major tourist attraction.

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        Treasures Under Threat | Part 2 | Egypt's Treasure Guardians

        See how quarrying and looting threaten Egypt's cultural heritage, even when done legally. In Gebel el Silsila, archaeologists John and Maria believe their site is being illegally dug for stone, only to discover the disruptive quarrying is authorized. In Aswan, homeowners illegally dig for artifacts.

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        Tutankhamun on Display | Part 3 | Egypt's Treasure Guardians

        Explore the contents of King Tutankhamun's tomb, the best preserved tomb ever discovered in Egypt. Dr. Tarek Tawfik, the museum's director, shares some of these treasures: the king's sandals, remarkably well preserved model boats, and the mummified fetuses of the king's two children.

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        Exploring Gebel el Silsila | Part 4 | Egypt's Treasure Guardians

        Learn what it takes to guard an archaeological dig site as John, Maria, and their team take careful survey of Gebel el Silsila, a large necropolis burial ground on the Nile. They’ve found the temples at Silsila are related to gods at Karnak, tying the two sites together.

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        Conserving the Past | Part 5 | Egypt's Treasure Guardians

        Learn the basics of archaeological restoration as the Grand Egyptian Museum Conservation Centre lab team examines and opens a wooden sarcophagus with a mummy inside. Back in Silsila, bone expert Dr. Salimia Ikram helps John examine bone fragments inside a cave to learn about those buried inside.

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        The Necropolis of Silsila | Part 6 | Egypt's Treasure Guardians

        See the rushed excitement archaeologists experience when a major discovery is made just as it's time to close a site for the season. At Silsila, Maomen finds what appears to be the lid of a crypt: there may be an undiscovered tomb below. This kind of find is the highlight of any dig.

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