Building Pharaoh's Chariot

Building Pharaoh's Chariot

DVD - 2013
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In Building Pharaoh's Chariot, a team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers, and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots. They discover advanced features, including spoked wheels, springs, shock absorbers, anti-roll bars, and even a convex shaped rear mirror. By driving the pair of replicas to their limits in the desert outside Cairo, Nova's experts test the claim that the chariot marks a crucial turning point in ancient military history.
Publisher: [Boston, MA] : WGBH Educational Foundation ; Distributed by PBS Distribution, 2013.
ISBN: 9781608838448
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Nova (Television program)


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Nov 15, 2015

Interesting enough material to keep watching, but this features the rather breathless narration style that I find annoying.

kevfarley Aug 14, 2014

The usual PBS thoroughness,.. and an interesting subject.

Discovers technological insights through attempts at re-creations, and makes some speculative conclusions about how chariots were used in combat.

Jul 16, 2014

It was interesting, but kind of left me with a so what? The people involved were having a great time however, and that was worth watching.

May 27, 2014

Fascinating documentary from PBS, which has a sterling record with this sort of thing. This looks at the history of Egyptian chariots from the classic era, while exploring the challenges of trying to create replicas that can stand up under the strains of what the chariots would have been used in ancient days. A compelling documentary.

aaa5756 Jun 02, 2013

Very well done and interesting documentary movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding no falling asleep on this one. A++ DVD


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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill


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