Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist, broadcaster and writer. He was the Director (CEO) of the Egypt Exploration Society (EES) from 2012 to October 2016. He has presented documentaries on Flinders Petrie, The Man Who Discovered Egypt (BBC4) and Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy (Channel 4).
Chris has appeared as an expert across a range of programmes and broadcasters including Treasures Decoded (Channel 4), Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb (Channel 4), Cleopatra: Mother, Mistress, Murderer, Queen (Channel 5), Mummies Alive (Yesterday), Bible Hunters (BBC Two), Touching the Past: The Pyramids (National Geographic) and Ancient Impossible (The History Channel).
He has also been interviewed as an expert for Channel 4 News, Al-Jazeera TV news, The One Show (BBC One), The Simon Mayo Show (BBC Radio 2) and BBC Radio 5 Live Drive.
He holds undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Birmingham and a PhD from Swansea University. Chris is an expert on ancient Egypt and the history of Egyptology and has published extensively in both fields. He has worked in Egypt at Abydos, the ancient Egyptians’ Mecca, and in a series of tombs in Western Thebes.
The 2012 BBC4 documentary on Flinders Petrie, The Man Who Discovered Egypt was seen by over one million viewers on first broadcast. It has since been repeated 22 times on BBC4 and been sold to Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia and Sweden. Chris subsequently led a research project on the life and death of Tutankhamun for Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy which was broadcast on Channel 4 in November 2013 to 2.3 million viewers. The film was also screened on PBS in the US, the History Channel in Canada, and the National Geographic Channel in numerous countries worldwide including Australia, Germany, and The Netherlands. It garnered attention from the national and international press (print, radio and television) leading to interviews with Newshour (BBC World Service) and numerous other radio, TV and print media outlets in the UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland and US.
Chris worked for the EES from 2001 to 2016. During his directorship Chris had day-to-day responsibility for its programme of 6 major field research projects, the publication of archaeological reports and its internationally respected journal and colour magazine. He also had oversight of the Society’s rich archival collection and library.
Official website: www.chrisnaunton.com