'Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about the Netflix documentary

'Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about the Netflix documentary
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The pyramids of Egypt have long been a source of fascination for historians, archaeologists and tourists alike as the tombs of Ancient Egypt still harbor many secrets of how life once was in the ancient kingdom. Over time, there is a lot that has been uncovered about the lives of pharaohs and how they lived, but much of it is still a mystery. It is no wonder then that curiosity about Ancient Egypt still abounds. A new Netflix documentary, 'Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb', is set to unearth some of the mysteries in one of the oldest tombs found in the country. Read on to know more details.


Release date

'Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb' will be available to stream on Netflix on Wednesday, October 28, at 12 am PST.


'Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb' is a documentary that follows a team of archaeologists as they unearth incredible artifacts in a previously undiscovered ancient tomb in Saqqara, Egypt. In 2018, it was reported that a 4,400-year-old tomb had been discovered in Saqqara, a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara features numerous pyramids, including the world-famous Step pyramid of Djoser, sometimes referred to as the Step Tomb due to its rectangular base, as well as a number of mastaba tombs.


In 2018, the apparently intact and colorfully decorated tomb of an influential ancient Egyptian man named Wahtye was discovered in Saqqara. The tomb owner served King Neferirkare, who ruled during the Old Kingdom’s fifth dynasty. In addition to the name of the deceased, hieroglyphs carved into the stone above the tomb’s door reveal his titles: royal purification priest, royal supervisor and inspector of the sacred boat.


More recently, a total of 27 sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago were unearthed from the tombs in Saqqara and is said to be one of the largest discoveries of its kind. It is expected that these discoveries are what will form the crux of the Netflix documentary.

An official synopsis will be published here once it is available.


James Tovell


'Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb' is directed by James Tovell. Tovell is known for his work on 'Cradle to Grave', 'Size Matters', 'The Lizard Boy' and 'I Am a Killer'.


There is no trailer for 'Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb' yet but watch this space for future updates.

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