Egypt. An empire that ruled the ancient world. Yet one city challenged Egypt’s dominance in the ancient Middle East: Qatna – an ancient Syrian Super City located between the warrior kingdom of the Hittites and the powerful empire of Egypt. When Qatna grew too powerful, it was wiped off the face of the earth; its role in the rise of the Egyptian empire forever lost in desert sands. Like the proverbial “Lost City of Atlantis”, Qatna and its many treasures lay hidden from humanity. Hidden, until now.
After ten years of archeological digs in the Syrian Desert, the lost city of Qatna has been rediscovered and a team of international scientists has excavated its long held secrets. They have unearthed some of greatest archaeological finds ever discovered: A secret burial chamber, a sarcophagus, a treasure of untold value, and the last words of a king desperate to preserve his city in the face of overwhelming enemies.
Qatna: Egypt’s Lost Rival, a one-hour special from STORY HOUSE Productions is the story of the ancient super city that made the rise and fall of the Egyptian empire possible. Culminating with a return to Qatna in 2009, Qatna: Egypt’s Lost Rival chronicles ground breaking archeological discoveries hidden from the world for millennia.
It is a story that has waited four thousand years to be told.
National Geographic Channel
1x 60′, 2010