Egyptologist Dr Chris Naunton
History is all around us. I wanted to study ancient Egypt, I think because it seemed very exotic, and its rich visual culture – clear lines, bright colours, gods standing side-on, yellow sands and blue skies – seemed very appealing. I realised after many years that a desire to study the past had always been with me – watching old films and TV shows, grubbing around in second hand bookshops hoping to discover something, or just listening to my grandmother’s stories of her childhood (she can remember the troops coming home after the end of the Great War). For me the best moments come when, even if your evidence is from a long time, in a place far away – like ancient Egypt - you recognise something very human in the actions of someone you will never meet, and you realise, that although some things were different, others were the same, people then were just like us.
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Recent Books: Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt