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Toby Wilkinson | A World Beneath the Sands: the rediscovery of Ancient Egypt

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In A World Beneath the Sands, the acclaimed Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson tells the riveting stories of the men and women whose obsession with Egypt's ancient civilisation drove them to uncover its secrets. Champollion, Carter and Carnarvon are here, but so too are their lesser-known contemporaries, such as the Prussian scholar Richard Lepsius and the Frenchman Auguste Mariette. Their work – and those of others like them – helped to enrich and transform our understanding of the Nile Valley and its people, and left a lasting impression on Egypt, too. Travellers and treasure-hunters, ethnographers and epigraphers, antiquarians and archaeologists: whatever their motives, whatever their methods, all understood that in pursuing Egyptology they were part of a greater endeavour – to reveal a lost world, buried for centuries beneath the sands.

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About the speaker:

Professor Toby Wilkinson is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the international editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian History. He is currently a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Lincoln and a Bye-Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge

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Event itinerary and information:

When: Thursday 10 December 2020, 7pm–8.30pm (GMT)

Where: Live on GOTOWEBINAR

Duration: 45 minutes, after which we will invite your questions for a live Q&A session for 30 minutes after the presentation.

How to book:

This BBC History Magazine LIVE virtual event costs just £10. Click here to register now

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Upcoming BBC History Magazine LIVE events

Michael Wood | The Story of China

Date: 22 December 2020

Synopsis: Michael Wood tells stories from his highly praised new book, a grand sweep history of the world’s oldest continuous civilisation, ‘a tale of astounding drama, fabulous creativity and deep humanity”.

Historian broadcaster and film maker Michael Wood is the author of many bestselling books,  and has made 120 documentary films, among them In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great and The Story of India. Michael is currently professor of public history at the University of Manchester

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