Discovery-owned Science Channel will launch a new doc special about the Egyptian pharaohs who ruled as early as 744 BCE and are believed by many scholars to have been black.
Lost Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs explores the Kush dynasty of Ancient Egypt that ruled for 100 years, led by pharaohs including Piye, Shabaqo and Taharqa. Despite outdated stereotypes that dismissed the idea of black pharaohs, many scholars now believe these leaders conquered Egypt from its southern neighbor Nubia, now Sudan, and were black.
Following research teams that include Geoff Emberling of the University of Michigan and Pearce Paul Creasman of the University of Arizona, the two-hour doc reveals the latest research on the Kush Empire and the importance of recognizing the black leaders of world history.
Lost Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs is produced by Alleycats Films for Science Channel. David Starkey produces and directs, and Emma Parkins and Ed Stobart serve as executive producers. Neil Laird serves as executive producer for Science Channel.
“This is unique and special program with rare and privileged access, that sets out to right a wrong perpetrated by early archeologists who refused to see or acknowledge the contributions of the black pharaohs to the glory of ancient Egypt,” said Laird in a statement.
Lost Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs premieres Dec. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.