Christina Riggs: Rummaging for Mummies, 22 October 2020
Show More A World beneath the Sands: Adventurers and Archaeologists in the Golden Age of Egyptology by Toby Wilkinson.
Picador, 510 pp., £25, October, 978 1 5098 5870 5Show More
“... first gone to Egypt to survey Khufu’s pyramid at Giza, inspired by the astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth, who believed that the pyramid would prove to have a perimeter of 36,524 ‘pyramid inches’ (a pyramid inch was 1/25th of a ‘sacred cubit’, a supposed ancient unit of measurement invented by Isaac Newton). Smyth’s ...”