Netflix has announced on Thursday the October 28 global release of its new docu-feature, “Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb”, which features features the discovery of a “one-of-a-kind” tomb beneath the sand at Egypt’s Saqqara archaeological site.
Directed by James Tovell and produced by Richard Bradley and Caterina Turroni, the documentary follows a team of local archaeologists excavating never-before seen passageways, shafts, and tombs.
Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb takes viewers into the tomb of an Old Kingdom priest Wahtye that remained unopened for 4500 years.
The team finds over three thousand artifacts, including a mummified lion cub, a temple dedicated to the Egyptian cat goddess Bastet, and what might be the world’s oldest traceable case of malaria.
In addition to fascinating antiquities, the documentary offers a comprehensive and unique view into the life of the priest and his family.
The documentary was filmed in Saqqara, less than a mile from the site of the Step Pyramid, one of the oldest stone buildings in history and Egypt’s oldest pyramid.
Wahtye’s tomb was discovered in 2018 in the Saqqara necropolis. The tomb was well-preserved and ordained with numerous statues carved into its walls.
The documentary will be released globally in 190 countries. Subtitles for over 30 languages will be available, as well as an English dubbed version.