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 – the subject of her current writing project for Atlantic Books. She has also appeared in and consulted on several TV and radio documentaries, most recently an In Our Time episode on Tutankhamun (BBC Radio 4).
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’. Her seventh book, Ancient Egyptian Magic: A Hands-on Guide, is published by Thames and Hudson in Spring 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 Professor of the History of Visual Culture at Durham University and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She lives between Tyneside and Turin.
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