George Andrew Reisner

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George Andrew Reisner

George Andrew Reisner (1867-1942)
George Andrew Reisner (1867-1942)

George Andrew Reisner (November 5, 1867 – June 6, 1942) was an American archaeologist of Ancient Egypt.

He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and died in Giza, Egypt. Upon his studies at Jebel Barkal (The Holy Mountain), in Nubia he found the Nubian kings were not buried in the pyramids but outside of them. He also found the skull of a Nubian female (whom he thought was a king) which is now displayed in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard. Reisner believed that Kerma was originally the base of an Egyptian governor and that these Egyptian rulers evolved into the independent monarchs of Kerma. He also created a list of Egyptian viceroys of Kush. He found the tomb of Queen Hetepheres the mother of King Khufu (Cheops in Greek) who built the Great Pyramid at Giza. During this time he also explored mastabas.


  • 1897–1899: Classified Egyptology collection of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • 1899-1905: Led the Hearst Expedition of the University of California to explore burial grounds at and around Qift
  • 1905: Edited The Hearst Medical Papyrus
  • 1905-1914: Assistant professor of Egyptology at Harvard University
  • 1907-1909: Directed archaeological survey of Nubia (Nilotic Sudan) for Egyptian government
  • 1910-1942: Curator of Egyptian collections at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • 1914-1942: Profess of Egyptology at Harvard University
  • 1916–1923: Explored pyramids of Meroė, dug out temple at Napata
  • 1931: Wrote Mycerinus (alternative name of Menkaure)
  • 1942: Published final work, A History of the Giza Necropolis


  • Reisner Biography
  • George Reisner at Duke library
  • Pyramids, Mummies, and Tombs on the Discovery Times channel
  • "Reisner, George Andrew." Encyclopędia Britannica. 2005. Encyclopędia Britannica Online. 11 Nov. 2005 .

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