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Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt

Chris Naunton


‘Chris Naunton makes the search for the lost tombs of Egypt as exciting as a novel’ Dan Snow, award-winning historian and author


Where are the tombs of Alexander the Great or Cleopatra? Both rulers were buried in Egypt, but their tombs have never been found despite years of intensive research and excavation. Yet we have tantalizing clues. In this gripping account, Chris Naunton skilfully unravels the tangled threads surrounding the mysteries of the missing tombs. As well as immersing the reader in the action of the search and the thrill of discovery, the book also explores the reasons why tombs remain such a central part of both the popular perception of Egyptology and the continuing allure of ancient Egypt.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 19.8 x 12.9 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 107

Publication date: 25 July 2019

ISBN: 9780500295441

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Imhotep: The man who became a god • 2. Visible to invisible: Amenhotep I and the transition to the Valley of the Kings • 3. The Enduring Fascination: Where are the missing Amarna royals? • 4. Herihor: A Tomb to ‘make Tutankhamun look like Woolworths’? • 5. A kingdom divided: The royal tombs of the Third Intermediate Period • 6. Buried three times in Egypt: The tombs of Alexander the Great • 7. The lost tomb of Cleopatra: A mausoleum lost underwater or a secret burial awaiting discovery? • Final Thoughts

About the Author

Dr Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist, writer and broadcaster. He has published a number of articles and books on the history of Egyptology, most recently Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt (Thames & Hudson, 2018), and presented many related television documentaries, including Tut’s Treasures – Hidden Secrets (Channel 5, 2018, National Geographic/Disney+), Egypt’s Lost Pyramid (Channel 4, 2019) and King Tut’s Last Mission (Channel 5, 2020). He worked for many years at the Egypt Exploration Society, London, acting as its director between 2012 and 2016. From 2015 to 2019 he was President of the International Association of Egyptologists and in 2016 he became director of the Robert Anderson Trust, a charity that provides support for young scholars visiting London to further their studies and research.