Nicholas Reeves

Nicholas Reeves

Archaeologist and Egyptologist

Nicholas Reeves is currently UIR Residential Scholar for 2014-15 attached to the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, and Senior Egyptologist, University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition.

A specialist in ancient Egyptian history and material culture, Reeves graduated with first-class honors in Ancient History from University College London in 1979, and in 1984 received his Ph.D. from Durham University. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1994 and an Honorary Fellow of the Oriental Museum at Durham University in 1996.

Since 1984 Reeves has been active in various museum and heritage roles. These have included: curator in the former Department of Egyptian Antiquities (now Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan) at The British Museum; curator to the seventh Earl of Carnarvon at Highclere Castle; curatorial consultant on Egyptian antiquities to the Freud Museum, London; Director of Collections for The Denys Eyre Bower Bequest at Chiddingstone Castle; and G.A.D. Tait Curator of Egyptian and Classical Art at Eton College. During 2010-11 Reeves was Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fellow in the Department of Egyptian Art, and from 2011-14 Lila Acheson Wallace Associate Curator of Egyptian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

As an archaeologist, Reeves is best known for his excavations in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, where in the winter of 2000 a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) survey carried out by his Amarna Royal Tombs Project (ARTP) first encountered the undisturbed funerary chamber KV63 (subsequently cleared by the University of Memphis and Otto Schaden).