The Egypt of the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Valley of the Kings was an
empire of indomitable might. Then, around 800 BC, the impossible happened. Kush,
a subject kingdom from the south, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own
Pharaohs, and ruled for nearly 100 years.These were the mysterious Black Pharaohs of
what is today Sudan—the Nubian kings—whose reign has become legendary among
Africans and written off as heresy by early archaeologists who refused to believe that
dark skinned Africans could have risen so high.
But now, in the heart of Sudan, exciting new archaeological finds are revealing the truth
about the great Kush dynasty. A sacred mountain holds the key to the Kush kings’ spiritual
claim on the Egyptian throne; stunning statues are providing details about the true color of
their skin and their long and prosperous reign; and a long-hidden tomb complex is shedding
light on the trappings of their royalty and the extent of their empire.
You can view the full program on the pharaohs here: http://www.pbs.org/program/rise-black-pharaohs/