Murder in Mesopotamia

Agatha Christie and Archaeology

Past Event: 9 September 2012

group of people on an archaeological dig
Leonard and Katherine Woolley excavating in the Royal Cemetery of Ur, 1928
Source: By permission of the Trustees of The British Museum

A forum about the world's most famous crime writer and the influence of archaeology on her work.

Murder in Mesopotamia, an Agatha Christie mystery featuring Hercule Poirot, was published in 1936. Christie herself had accompanied an archaeological expedition in Mesopotamia a few years previously, and there had met archaeologist Max Mallowan, whom she later married.

In this forum, Melbourne crime writer Kerry Greenwood will be part of a panel of speakers examining Agatha Christie’s books, particularly Murder in Mesopotamia. The forum will consider the question: what are the similarities between archaeology and writing crime fiction?

The forum will also feature an on-screen interview with Henrietta McCall from the British Museum, a specialist on Agatha Christie and archaeology.

Forum speakers will include:

  • Kerry Greenwood and Angela Savage, Melbourne crime writers;
  • Henrietta McCall, specialist on Agatha Christie and archaeology from the British Museum;
  • Dr. Patrick Greene, archaeologist and CEO of Museum Victoria.

With a special cameo appearence by Hercule Poirot.

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