Christina Riggs has brought an incisive take on ancient Egypt to the reading and museum-going public for nearly twenty years. Backed by award-winning research, her most recent work has focused on the history of the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1920s Egypt and its impact ever since on British and American ideas about both ancient Egypt and the modern Middle East. She has also appeared in and consulted on a number of TV and radio documentaries.
Riggs' books include Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture in Oxford University Press’s ‘Very Short Introduction’ series and the Egypt volume in Reaktion’s ‘Lost Civilizations’ series (2017), which Minerva magazine praised as ‘an elegant and intriguing thematic interpretation of that civilization’s grip on our imagination’. Among her academic monographs, Unwrapping Ancient Egypt (Bloomsbury 2014) has been described as ‘more poetry than prose’, while Photographing Tutankhamun (Bloomsbury 2019) is a ‘landmark study’ of how photography helped mythologize the Tutankhamun excavation. Riggs is currently at work on her seventh book, a guide to magic and the supernatural in ancient Egypt, for publication in 2020. She has also written for the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, and Italia magazine, the last reflecting her love of all things Italian.
Riggs is a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a professor of the history of art and archaeology at the University of East Anglia. She lives between Norfolk and Turin.
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