This extraordinary and eye-opening, four-part series reaches back in time to explore realms that rivaled Egypt, buildings as inspiring as medieval cathedrals, and art that speaks to us across the centuries. 'Lost Kingdoms of Africa' casts new light on a long-neglected area of the worlds cultural heritage.
1. Nubia Starting in the desert north of Khartoum, we journey to the ancient sites of Kerma Jebel Barkal, and Meroe to explore a long-lost kingdom that may have fallen victim to climate change. 2. Ethiopia Did the emperors of Ethiopia really descend from the Biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba? We survey Judeo-Christian influences in the land's art, language, and architecture which date back centuries. 3. Great Zimbabwe Shrouded in mystery, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe rise from an unlikely spot in Africa's interior. We trace an ancient gold-trading route inland from the eastern coast and explore the city that served as its source. 4. West Africa The magnificent Benin bronzes in the British Museum inspire a quest for their origin. The search takes us to modern-day Nigeria and Mali, where the art of fine metalworking has thrived for generations.
Gus Casely-Hayford, Habtamu Mamo, Abune Paulos, Felix Chami, Edward Matenga, Sian Tiley-Nel, Stephanie Wynne-Jones