October 05, 2012
IT'S RICHARD ENGEL’S HIDDEN PLANET WEEK ON ROCKCENTERNBC.COM
Raja Ampat: The Underwater Eden to Premiere on “Rock Center with Brian Williams” iPad App, then RockCenterNBC.com
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The Maasai tribe lives at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. They live off the land and are one of 120 tribes in the region. The Hadza tribe lives just 25 miles from where man's first footsteps were discovered. Researchers believe the Hadza have lived in the region for 15,000 years, maintaining a hunter gatherer existence.###
On Tuesday, follow Engel to Egypt, where he journeys through a network of underground tunnels beneath the Step Pyramid of Djoser located 19 miles south of modern-day
Cairo in the Saqqara plateau, Egypt's oldest pyramid complex.
Cheops' burial place turned out to be the biggest one in history. Engel climbs through the hidden chambers and\ passageways of the ancient pyramid, revealing secrets about the largest pyramid of the Giza Necropolis and the Pharaoh it was constructed for.###
On Wednesday, Engel travels to Mali, on the edge of the Sahara desert, to discoverthe city of Timbuktu.
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On Thursday, Engel, goes to Jerusalem to visit the most consecrated and contested religious landmark, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.Built bythe mother of Emperor Constantine in 330 A.D., the Church of the Holy Sepulchercommemorates both the Hill of Crucifixion and the Tomb of Christ’s Burial. Thechurch has historically been controlled by different denominations within theChristian faith including: Catholics, Armenians, Greek Orthodox, SyrianOrthodox, Coptic and Ethiopian, each claiming ownership to part. Muslimfamilies have held on tightly to the key that opens the main door since 1187 and have traditionally sat in the entrance itself. While the doors are nowopen, the families still manage the church and mediate between the differentdenominations that lay claim to this holiest of sites.
-- On Friday, Engel, heads to a land that time forgot. Raja Ampat, the 4 main islands off the West Papuan mainland in Indonesia surrounded by 1,500 smaller islands spans 10 million acres of land and sea that explode with brilliant
green forests and vibrant blue waters. Known to many as an underwater Eden, Engel takes a dive into these waters that
have the most biodiversity on the planet.
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