Did Discovery Dig Up Rameses' Son?

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Discovery Channel and Egyptologist Kent Weeks might have a find on their hands.

The network said Thursday that Weeks discovered a skull that he believes could be that of Rameses II's first-born son, who may have been killed during the 10th plague described in Exodus.

Discovery funded Weeks' expedition, which blended archaeology, state-of-the-art digital technology and the latest in forensic science to determine the identity of the skull and its possible place in history.

The results will be revealed in two-hour special Rameses: Wrath of God or Man?, scheduled to air during the network’s “Egypt Week” Sunday, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. (EST/PST).

In addition to attempting to confirm the skull’s identity, the special “seeks to portray a realistic look at the life of Rameses, an extraordinary pharaoh who had 200 wives and concubines and sired 150 children, lived to be in his 90s (at a time when most only lived one-third of that) and commissioned art and architecture that would prove to indelibly etch the Egyptian landscape,” the network said in a prepared statement.

Discovery also announced that Rameses: Wrath of God or Man? will have a simultaneous world premiere in Spanish on Discovery en Español.

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