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Discovery Channel Team Prepares to Face Mummies and Curses in 3000-Year-Old Tomb (Exclusive)

Leena Tailor‍

Sunday night is going to be filled with mummies, snakes and ancient curses -- all from the couch!

Discovery Channel is in Egypt preparing for its two-hour live event, Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live, during which viewers will get to witness an incredible archeological moment as it happens.

Commentator Chris Jacobs, Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass and adventurer and explorer Josh Gates -- aka a real-life Indiana Jones – will get together with a team of archeologists to enter a 3,000-year-old tomb and open an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus (a stone box for a corpse) to reveal the identity of a mysterious mummy.

“I think folks can expect to meet a mummy face to face,” Gates teases. “We're going to be going into these tight tunnels and tombs and passages and there are snakes and curses and all that good stuff.”

The venture is part of the team’s exploration of an excavation site, where archeologists recently discovered vertical shafts leading to an underground network of tunnels and tombs, believed to house 40 mummies.

The special will premiere live on both coasts on April 7 at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT.

Gates can also be seen in the fifth season of Expedition Unknown on Discovery Channel starting April 10.

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