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George A. Reisner got his PhD in Egyptology from Harvard University, where he subsequently became a Professor of Egyptology in 1914. In 1907 the Egyptian government appointed him as Director of the Nubian Archaeological Survey and became the curator of Egyptian art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 1910. Reisner's greatest discoveries included many tombs in Giza and over 65 Ethiopian kings found in Lower Nubia, where he was the first Egyptologist to systematically excavate Egypt. His most notable discovery is of Queen Hetepheres I (mother of Khufu) in Giza in 1925. George Reisner stayed in Giza until his death in 1942, working on excavations sites around the area and authoring over 80 works.

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American Professor of Egyptology, archaeologist


"The Position of Early Grave Stelae. In Studies Presented to F.Ll. Griffith Egypt. London: Egypt Exploration Society,
"Dictionary of Art Historians." Dictionary of Art Historians. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. <>.
Dawson, Warren R., and Eric P. Uphill. 1972. Who was who in Egyptology. London: Egypt Exploration Society.
A Review of the Grammatical Development of the Noun-Endings in Assyro-Babylonian." Harvard University, 1893
" A History of the Giza Necropolis." Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1942-55 [volume 2 by W. Stevenson Smith]
Amulets. Cairo: Institut français d'archéologie orientale, 1907;
The Development of the Egyptian Tomb Down to the Accession of Cheops. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1936;
The Egyptian Conception of Immortality. Boston: New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912
Excavations at Kerma [etc.]. Cambridge, MA: Peabody Museum of Harvard University, 1923
Harvard Excavations at Samaria, 1908-1910. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1924
Mycerinus the Temples of the Third Pyramid at Giza. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1931; [Hearst Egyptian Expedition, University of California, Berkeley].
Mace, A. C., and Lythgoe, Albert M., and Dunham, Dows.
The Early Dynastic Cemeteries of Naga-ed-Dêr. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs, 1908 ff.


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Sponsored by Mrs. Hearst, and then excavator of Giza and Lower Nubia.



“Reisner, George Andrew,” The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project, accessed October 25, 2021,