Monday, October 29, 2007

Egypt and the Media update Link sent by Nigel Hetherington himself: Preserving the past: linking cultural heritage with the media
When Nigel Hetherington was packing for his trip to Egypt in 1997, he had no idea he would come back a few years later. This time, he wouldn’t just be a tourist, he was coming back as an entrepreneur running the first company specialized in providing historical and archeological consultancy to the media industry in Egypt.

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“Documentaries made about Egypt usually have fatal mistakes,” he said. “Archeologists hate watching these documentaries and make fun of them all the time. This is why I decided to establish 'Past Preservers,' to ensure TV viewers are not getting wrong information about Egyptian history.”

So far, Past Preservers has done consultation for seven documentaries. They were involved in each project since its inception, as they check the validity of the film idea, help the team with research, location scouting and expert casting.

True, true, albeit a lot of the criticism is the dorky reenactments and the tremendous drama usually spent on iffy hypotheses. So, yeah, they need some peer review. . . .