Key moments in the history of Egyptology have dramatically raised the profile of this field. key advances and major discoveries over the years have captured the imagination of the wider public. You will find a link below to an extensive Wikipedia list of Egyptologists, including their bios. Here I have listed the names of some of the founders of the field including the key contributions they have made.
Excavation at Dier El Bahari (11911-1931)
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