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‘The Great Belzoni’: pioneering Egyptologist or plundering treasure hunter?


Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I

Ends 15 April at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London,

Giovanni Belzoni may have been a circus strongman, but he made his name as an Egyptologist. His greatest find was the exquisite sarcophagus of Seti I, cut from a single piece of alabaster. Bought by Sir John Soane in 1824, it is the centrepiece of a fascinating exhibition tracing its discovery and conservation. Don’t miss this chance to follow in the footsteps of the most unlikely of Egyptologists and his most splendid achievement.

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In this month’s issue… Secrets of the Templars They were the most formidable military order of the middles ages, feared as crusaders and answerable only to the pope. This month we tell the tale of how they fell from grace, and try to unpick their legends from the truth. Plus: the Jarrow March; the RAF and the battle of Britain; Martin Luther King; 26 weird facts surrounding royal births; how to make a mummy; and the crowning of Charles II