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Egyptology: The Study of Ancient Egypt

Resources for the study of ancient Egypt.

Early Egyptologists and a Selection of their Publications

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.

Jean Fran├žois Champollion (1770-1832)

Key Contribution: Decrypted Egyptian Hieroglphs using the Rosetta Stone and established the Field of Egyptology 

Biography on Wikipedia Identities


Monuments de l'égypte et de la Nubie, Vol 1

Precis du systeme hieroglyphique (Paris, 1824, 2nd ed., 2 vols., 1828)

Auguste Mariette (1821-1881)

Gaston Maspero (1846-1916)

Howard Carter (1874-1939)

Charles Edwin Wilbour (1833-1896)

Herbert E. Winlock (1884-1950)


Excavation at Dier El Bahari (11911-1931)  
Digital text at Internet Archive

Other Egyptologists with Biographies