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Christiane Desroches Noblecourt is a French Egyptologist. She is the author of many books on Egyptian art and history and is also known for her role in the preservation of the Nubian temples from flooding caused by the Aswan Dam.

She was born Christiane Desroches on November, 17th 1913, in Paris. In 1922 she was fascinated by Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamon, and encouraged by Father Étienne Drioton, she joined the Egyptian Antiquities department at the Louvre. She was the first woman to be a fellow of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (IFAO), and was also the first woman to lead an archaeological dig, in 1938.

During World War II she joined the Resistance, and hid the Louvre’s Egyptian treasures in free areas of France.

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