A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids will learn about ancient Egypt and how artifacts can be collected and used to understand their way of life, and how they built things.
How through hard work and perseverance great things can be accomplished. Ideas and traditional ways of thinking are challenged. Teamwork and curiosity are also on display.
Positive Role Models
The documentary highlights both how hard it was to build the pyramids and how sophisticated the people that did so were. It also challenges the idea that enslaved people were forced to build the pyramids, as noted in the Bible. The people working together on the excavation projects are both French and Egyptian. But they are all male.
Violence & Scariness
Skeletons are uncovered at ancient burial sites. It also refers to the potential dangers associated with moving raw materials and constructing the Great Pyramid of Giza.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pyramid Builders: New Clues is a French documentary about two archeological teams working to uncover clues about the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza. It's family friendly, and there are lots of interesting information about what is uncovered, but non-Egyptology fans may find it a little dry. There are also a few comments, based on what is found, that contradicts certain stories from the Bible and other traditionally-held beliefs about ancient Egypt that some may find surprising, or potentially offensive. This includes referring to the idea that enslaved people were forced to build the pyramids as "clichéd." Skeletons are uncovered in burial sites and the dangers involved in building the pyramids are also discussed. A degree of teamwork is shown between the group of French and Egyptian excavators. But disappointingly they are all male. The documentary is in French but is available with English subtitles and audio description.
Is It Any Good?
This informative French documentary, which is voiced over in English, shows how individual archeological artifacts create a larger narrative about how the Great Pyramid was constructed. Pyramid Builders: New Clues demonstrates how found cartouches and papyrus scrolls documenting the work being done for Pharaoh Khufu is helping them hypothesize about the importance of each of these sites to the pyramid building process. It also shows the possible ways that large stones, and minerals like copper, were moved from, and transported to, key locations with the help of donkeys, ramps, sleds, and ships sailing on the Nile.
New facts about Khufu, including how long he was in power, and where his palace was located, are also discussed. But occasionally the commentary, including a reference that classifies biblical stories about the use of enslaved people as "clichéd," may raise some eyebrows. If you can move past this, this history documentary offers Egyptology fans lots of interesting information.
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