ViacomCBS-owned network Smithsonian Channel has greenlit Tomb Hunters, a tentatively titled docuseries that will document the discovery of more than 27 sarcophagi.
The four-parter will follow Egyptologists, archeologists and researchers as they travel to Saqqara, Egypt, to learn more about who these mummies were, while scientists will attempt to identify their modern decedents.
Cameras will chart the team as they venture below the earth’s surface to excavate “an unparalleled wealth of unseen treasure” within the dig site in the hopes of investigating the story of life and death – tomb building, mummification, funerary equipment and funerary texts – in ancient Egypt.
The 27-plus sarcophagi were unearthed from 36-feet deep and retain their original colorings. Two of the coffins have been found with gilded masks, one of which is displaying a beard – an important symbol for ancient Egyptians to identify themselves with Osiris, God of the Underworld.
The project is produced by Lion Television in conjunction with Caterina Turroni of At Land Productions. The production teams worked in partnership with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
Tomb Hunters (w/t) is slated to premiere across Smithsonian Channel in 2021. An exact date has not been announced.
Photo credit: Smithsonian Channel/Caterina Turroni