Unknown: The Lost Pyramid is the first in a series of four feature-length documentaries under the Unknown name. The films follow scientists as they make discoveries in unexplored, or at the very least little-explored, areas. In the first film, we’re taken to the desert location of one of the oldest known pyramids in Egypt.
The Gist: In The Lost Pyramid, directed by Max Salomon, Dr. Zahi Hawass, a legendary Egyptologist, and his team dig at a site near the Step Pyramid of Djoser in the Saqqara necropolis. His hope is to find the Pyramid of Huni, a Third Dynasty step pyramid that’s never been found, despite the best efforts of Egyptologists and archaeologists. Dr. Hawass, a legend in the field, is one of the first native Egyptians to lead digs, in an effort to keep the artifacts found from being taken out of the country by foreign archaeologists and the people who fund their digs. The pyramid and tombs he’s looking to find are over 4,000 years old.
The digging season in Egypt lasts for only 9 months, as the desert conditions are too rough to accommodate digs for the other three months of the year, but as Dr. Hawass’ team digs they find a number of tombs that include a number of statues that indicate that the tombs weren’t looted thousands of years ago.