The sites and monuments of ancient Egypt are among the most spectacular to have survived from the ancient world. Most were unknown in the west until around two centuries ago when European travellers began visiting the country and making records of what they saw. Their archives are an invaluable record of the temples and tombs just as they were being revealed, of a relatively unspoilt landscape that was about to change dramatically, and in some cases of monuments that, paradoxically, have since been lost.
Dr Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist, writer and broadcaster and author of Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt (2018), Egyptologists’ Notebooks (2020) and King Tut Tells All!(2021). He has presented numerous television documentaries, including The Man Who Discovered Egypt (BBC4 2012), Ultimate Tut (PBS, 20213), Secrets of King Tut’s Treasures (National Geographic, Disney+ 2018) and Egypt’s Lost Pyramid (Smithsonian Channel, 2019). He was Director (CEO) of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2012 to 2016 and President of the International Association of Egyptologists from 2015 to 2019.