Agatha Christie fans congregated at Kents Cavern, the English Riviera’s home of archaeology for a three-course dinner, tour of the caves and talk from eminent archaeologist Dr Joan Oates, who worked at Nimrud with Max Mallowan and his wife Agatha Christie-Mallowan.
With a brief introduction to Nimrud, the after dinner talk focused on on their Friday picnics including visits to the Yezidi ‘Spring Festival’, the monastery at Al Qosh and picnics in Kurdistan.
Kents Cavern was the perfect venue for this event: Agatha Christie’s father Frederick Miller was a member of the Torquay Natural History Society and supported the excavations of the caves. Dr Joan Oates FBA is a Senior Research Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge and a Life Fellow of Girton College. Her publications include: Babylon, 1979, 1986, 2005; Nimrud, an Assyrian City Revealed, 2001, 2004; Excavations at Tell Brak 1997, 2001, and over 120 articles in books and journals. Dr Oates is also known for major contributions to the prehistory of Iraq.