NOTABLE ARCHAEOLOGISTS Gaston-Camille-Charles Maspero (1846–1916)

May 11, 2011

NOTABLE ARCHAEOLOGISTS Gaston-Camille-Charles Maspero (1846–1916)

A French Egyptologist of Italian parentage, Maspero first led an archaeological expedition to Egypt in 1880. The next year, he succeeded Auguste Mariette as director of both the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the National Antiqui-ties Service. He further developed Mariette’s work, expanding the excavation and temple restoration programs and continuing the organization and cataloging of the collections in the Cairo museum.
He is particularly noted for publishing the first edition of funerary spells known as the Pyramid Texts.

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