Lost Kingdoms of Africa
Watch Lost Kingdoms of Africa Season 1
4. West Africa
aired: Tue, Jan 26, 2010
The magnificent Benin bronzes in the British Museum inspire Casely-Hayford to undertake a quest for their origin. The search takes him to modern-day Nigeria and Mali, where the art of fine metalworking has thrived for generations.
3. Great Zimbabwe
aired: Tue, Jan 19, 2010
Shrouded in mystery, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe rise from an unlikely spot in Africa's interior. Casely-Hayford traces an ancient gold-trading route inland from the eastern coast and explores the city that served as its source.
aired: Tue, Jan 12, 2010
Did the emperors of Ethiopia really descend from the biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba? Casely-Hayford surveys the Judeo-Christian influences in the land's art, language, and architecture, dating back centuries.
aired: Tue, Jan 5, 2010
Starting in the desert north of Khartoum in modern Sudan, Casely-Hayford journeys to the ancient sites of Kerma, Jebel Barkal, and Meroe to explore a long-lost kingdom that apparently fell victim to climate change.