Unusual request among my mountains of requests (paging the Sleuth singer, paging the Sleuth singer), but I really do hope this one will be easy. Just a few weeks ago—maybe last week of July?—there was a documentary on either Smithsonian or National Geographic Channels (or maybe something else?) about searching for the Ark of the Covenant.
I saw one years ago on History Channel, but this one, despite several similarities, was new to me. Both documentaries looked into the claim that the Ark is in Ethiopia, but the first archaeologist/adventurer (in the one I saw years ago) was convinced that he’d found it and that it was actually some kind of drum. (I think this one gained some notoriety some years back.) I thought he might be Zahi Hawass or someone who looks like him.
Anyway, that’s not the one I’m trying to find. The one I saw a few weeks ago had a younger, more skeptical archaeologist who was more interested in the Ethiopian customs surrounding their apparent Ark than actually finding it. I thought it was really interesting—and, of course, quickly fell asleep, so I ended up missing most of it. I’ve tried looking all over and can’t find it because I’m not sure what channel it was on. I don’t think it was History.
The one part I remember the most was that the Ethiopians in this small town carry a replica of the Ark with them in a march that we got to see (but I think only the High Priest was allowed to see the “True Ark”). There were also coverings over the faux-Ark because no one was allowed to see even that. There was also a scene where the archaeologist/host was speaking to an Ethiopian man who spoke English in his house but had a very strong accent—so they used subtitles. I know that’s a weird detail to add, but it came to mind.
Anyone know this one? It was just on recently (though I don’t know if it were made recently), but I can’t seem to find it. Thanks.
Hey, thanks, jervistetch. I should have noted that I’d checked that one; it may be the one, but I don’t think so… At least, none of the clips on the Smithsonian website has any similarity to what I remember (though it could have been another scene). I seem to think it was lower-budget than the History Channel one, but I’m not sure.