Picks and Pans Review: Out of Egypt

updated 08/31/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/31/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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You may have glimpsed Kara Cooney's work last season on Lost: This Egyptologist was consulted about the hieroglyphics in that temple where Smoke Thing hangs out. In this entertaining documentary series, she hits an impressive number of sites worldwide, following the thread of cultural influences born in ancient Egypt. The first episode, on relics, includes a visit to an animal necropolis and offers the tidbit that medieval Europeans would grind up imported mummies and ingest the compound as medicine. Waste of bandages.

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