If you've been wondering how our team has been able to shoot inside dark pyramids and in the desert after sunset, meet our tactical filming wonder lights made by 4Sevens. Donated by 4Sevens for our trip, these flashlights provide bright, yet extremely compact lighting that we can take anywhere.
The definition of a pyramid scheme is, essentially, a non-sustainable business model that consumes a gigantic amount of labor and benefits no one but the man at the top. The con game got its name from the pyramid shape, because the structure is the same (with people subbing for stones). But the metaphor works doubly well when you understand the Egyptian point of building pyramids in the first place.
Most of what is left for us to see of the Ancient Egyptians’ culture is their preparation for the afterlife. And one of the most interesting preparations they made for the afterlife was their mummification of animals. Nicely preserved, their pets would now be able to come with them into the afterlife. But they also believed puppies like the ones above made made nice presents -- not as birthday surprises for children, but as offerings to the gods.
Isaac, David, Steven, and Chris explore the environs of the Giza in this behind-the-scenes gallery.
Although the ancient Egyptians are well-known for their skill in preserving dead people, in their day they were also known for their expertise in preserving live ones. Homer called them “a race of druggists,” and the recently discovered proof of a highly advanced medical system there, a full millennium before the Greek Hippocratic School, has astonished academia. But there are two surprising warnings for us in their medical records.
Catch the first team video blog update from Egypt. While the team rides to Giza in a taxi, Isaac takes the opportunity to remark on Russian socialism and its bumpy outcome.
Who transmitted Pharaoh's pronouncements to the masses -- and to future generations? Meet ancient Egypt's upper crust: the few, the proud, the literate.