Dr Elizabeth Bloxam is currently Visiting Professor of Egyptology at North East Normal University, Changchun, China and has held an honorary senior research associate post at University College London for the last ten years. She has held university lecturing posts in Egyptology in the UK, Australia and China, and is an internationally recognised scholar in the research of ancient society and technology in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. Elizabeth has led multi-disciplinary excavations in some of the most important quarry and mining sites connected with monuments such as the Pyramids at Giza and Karnak Temple in Luxor, and is currently directing the Wadi Hammamat Project in a region of Egypt’s Eastern Desert where some of the world’s earliest stone objects associated with kingship were created. She has published widely in international journals and is co-editor of the recently published (2020) Oxford Handbook of Egyptology. Elizabeth has been an Andante Guide Lecturer leading tours in Egypt for the last 5 years.