Nicholas Reeves

Carl Nicholas Reeves ( born September 28, 1956) is an English Egyptologist, which deals mainly with the Amarna period and the Valley of the Kings. A wide audience it is mainly through his books The complete Tutankhamun. The king, the tomb, the royal treasure and the Valley of the Kings. Mysterious underworld of the pharaohs, which he edited with Richard H. Wilkinson, known.

Reeves comes in the interpretation and evaluation of the Amarna period that the far, from other colleagues contrasting conclusions by seeing here instrumentalized religion as a means to power.


Reeves is the only child of photographer Arthur Raymond Reeves and Elizabeth Reeves.

Reeves began in 1975 the study of Ancient History at University College London and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1980, he began graduate studies at Durham University and received his PhD in Egyptology in 1984.


1984-1991 Reeves was curator of the Egyptian department of the British Museum. Since 1994 he is a member of the Society of Antiquaries of London, since 1996 Honorary Fellow of the Oriental Museum, Durham University. He was also curator of the Hernry Herbert, 7th Earl of Carnarvon in Highclere Castle, Hampshire from 1988 to 1998, also advised the curator of the Egyptian department of the Freud Museum ( London), Director of Denys Eyre Bower Collection of The Bequest in Chiddingstone Castle and as GAD Tait Curator of Egyptian and Classical Art at Eton College.

Reeves from 1998 to 2002 Head of the Amarna Royal Tombs Project ( ARTP ) in the Valley of the Kings and curator at Eton College of Egyptian and Classical Art.

In 2002, Reeves was excavations in Egypt allowed, since there were rumors of antiquities smuggling. After a three -year investigation, his reputation at the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo could be restored on 7 August 2005. 2010-11 he worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


  • Notes to text. Studies in the archeology of the Valley of the Kings, 1984
  • Tutankhamun. Pocket guide. London 1987.
  • The tomb of Queen Tiyi. 2nd edition. San Francisco in 1990.
  • The complete Tutankhamun. The king, the tomb, the royal treasure. London 1990.
  • The Valley of the Kings. The decline of a royal necropolis. London 1990.
  • Into the mummy 's tomb. The real-life discovery of Tutankhamun 's treasures. Toronto, Ont. In 1992.
  • The grave of Tutankhamun. Nuremberg in 1993.
  • Shushuka toshite no Furoito. A loan exhibition from the Freud Museum, London; Gallery Mikazuki, Tokyo, 14 February - 8 March 1996, Tokyo 1996..
  • With Richard H. Wilkinson: The Valley of the Kings. Mysterious underworld of the pharaohs. Dusseldorf 1997.
  • Ancient Egypt: the great discoveries: a year- by- year chronicle. New edition, Thames & Hudson, London 2000, ISBN 9,780,500,051,054th
  • Fascination with Egypt. The great archaeological discoveries from the beginning until today. Munich 2001.
  • Akhenaten. Egypt's false prophet. ( = Cultural history of the ancient world. Vol. 91). of Saverne, Mainz 2002, ISBN 3-8053-2828-1.
  • Tutankhamum 's tomb. London 2005.


  • Recent Excavations in the Valley of the Kings. The Amarna Royal Tombs Project. In: Program and Abstracts, American Research Center in Egypt, 50th Annual Meeting, Chicago, 23-25 ​​April 1999 ARCE, 1999, p 65.
  • The Amarna Royal Tombs Project, Valley of the Kings. In: The Akhetaten Sun. Volume 3, No. 2, Spring 1999, pp. 10-12.
  • Left -handed Kings? Observations on a Fragmentary Egyptian Sculpture. In: A. Leahy, J. Tait (eds.): Studies on Ancient Egypt in Honour of HS Smith. London 1999, pp. 249-254.
  • Rebel Ruler of the Sun. In: BBC History Magazine. Volume 2, No. 7 ( July, 2001), pp. 12-17.
  • At Amarna period Ostracon from the Valley of the Kings. In: Antiquity. Vol 75, No 289, 2001, pp. 501-502.
  • Akhenaten - Egypt's False Prophet. In: Ancient World. Volume 33, 2002, pp. 519-523.
  • On Some Queens ' Tombs of the Eighteenth Dynasty. In: Nigel Strudwick, John H Taylor ( ed.): The Theban Necropolis. Past, Present and Future. British Museum, 2003, pp. 69-73.
  • Sian Falder, Simon Bennett, Rizwan Alvi, Nicholas Reeves: Following in the Footsteps of the Pharaohs. In: British Journal of Plastic Surgery. Volume 56, 2003, pp. 196-197.
  • Another New Tomb in the Valley of the Kings? . In: Ancient Egypt. Volume 7 /1, issue 37 ( October / November 2006), pp. 31-34.
  • Nicholas Reeves, Dyfri Williams: The Parthenon in Ruins. In: British Museum Magazine. Volume 57 ( spring / summer 2007), pp. 36-38.