Richard H. Wilkinson

Richard H. Wilkinson (born 1951) is an archaeologist in the field of Egyptology. He is Regents Professor Emeritus, Ph.D. at the University of Arizona and founding director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition.[1] He conducted research and excavation in Egypt for 25 years – mainly in the Valley of the Kings – most recently excavating the royal temple of Twosret, a queen[2] of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt who ruled Egypt as a king.

Wilkinson has held a number of professional offices. He is the founding editor of the Directory of North American Egyptologists and also of the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, a scholarly journal dedicated to the interactions of ancient Egypt with other ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean cultures.[3][4] He is the author of many scholarly articles and books on Egyptology and his books have been translated into many languages. He is best known for his studies of Egyptian symbolism and his work in Egyptian archaeology.


  • Reading Egyptian Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture (1992)
  • Symbol and Magic in Egyptian Art (1994)
  • Valley of the Sun Kings: New Explorations in the Tombs of the Pharaohs (1995)
  • The Complete Valley of the Kings With C. Nicholas Reeves (1996)
  • The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt (2000)
  • The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt (2003)
  • Egyptology Today (2008)
  • Egyptian Scarabs (2008)
  • The Temple of Tausret (2011)
  • Tausret: Forgotten Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt (2012)
  • The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings With Kent R. Weeks (2015)
  • Pharaoh’s Land and Beyond: Ancient Egyptian Interconnections With Pearce Paul Creasman (2017)


  1. ^ Richard H. Wilkinson. All content copyright © 2009. Arizona Board of Regents.
  2. ^ "Tausret, Forgotten Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt edited by Richard H. Wilkinson". Archived from the original on 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  3. ^ "Directory of North American Egyptologists". Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  4. ^ Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections