Prof Lanny Bell received his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught Egyptology and was curatorial assistant at the University Museum for 12 years. During that time he was also Field Director of the University’s Theban Tomb Project in Luxor.
In 1977 Professor Bell began to teach at the University of Chicago and became Field Director of the Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute. For the next 12 years he spent nine months a year at Chicago House in Luxor. The activities of the expeditions under his direction have ranged from epigraphy to excavation and conservation. Since his early retirement, Professor Bell has been teaching at Brown and Columbia Universities. An expert on the Luxor area, his publications include articles on divine kingship and temple and society in Ancient Egypt, as well as a ground breaking chapter on Luxor Temple in Temples of Ancient Egypt published by Cornell University Press.