Famous Archaeologists from the United Kingdom

List of notable or famous archaeologists from the United Kingdom, with bios and photos, including the top archaeologists born in the United Kingdom and even some popular archaeologists who immigrated to the United Kingdom. If you're trying to find out the names of famous British archaeologists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These archaeologists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known archaeologist from the United Kingdom is included when available.

This list features people like David Harris and Austen Henry Layard.

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  • Andrew Michael Tangye Moore, also known as A. M. T. Moore, is a British archaeologist and academic. He is a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
  • Aurel Stein
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    Sir Marc Aurel Stein, (Hungarian: Stein Márk Aurél; 26 November 1862 – 26 October 1943) was a Hungarian-born British archaeologist, primarily known for his explorations and archaeological discoveries in Central Asia. He was also a professor at Indian universities. Stein was also an ethnographer, geographer, linguist and surveyor. His collection of books and manuscripts taken from Dunhuang caves is important for the study of the history of Central Asia and the art and literature of Buddhism. He wrote several volumes on his expeditions and discoveries which include Ancient Khotan, Serindia and Innermost Asia. A memorial stone on his name was erected in Mohandmarg by the people of Kashmir on ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1862-1943)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
  • Austen Henry Layard
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    Sir Austen Henry Layard (; 5 March 1817 – 5 July 1894) was an English traveller, archaeologist, cuneiformist, art historian, draughtsman, collector, politician and diplomat. He is best known as the excavator of Nimrud and of Nineveh, where he uncovered a large proportion of the Assyrian palace reliefs known, and in 1851 the library of Ashurbanipal.
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1817-1894)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
  • David R. Harris
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    David Russell Harris, FSA, FBA (14 December 1930 – 25 December 2013) was a British geographer, anthropologist, archaeologist and academic, well known for his detailed work on the origins of agriculture and the domestication of plants and animals. He was a director of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, and retained a position as Professor Emeritus of the Human Environment at the Institute.
    • Age: 92
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
  • David Randall-MacIver

    David Randall-MacIver FBA (31 October 1873 – 30 April 1945) was a British-born archaeologist, who later became an American citizen. He is most famous for his excavations at Great Zimbabwe which provided the first solid evidence that the site was built by Shona peoples. Randall-MacIver was educated at The Queens College, Oxford. He began his professional archaeological career in 1898 working for Flinders Petrie in Egypt, uncovering the mortuary temple of Senwosret III at Abydos. In 1906 he was appointed as Curator of the Egyptian Section at the Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania, taking charge of the collection following Sara Yorke Stevenson's resignation in 1905.With funding from ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1873-1945)
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
  • Howard Carter
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    Howard Carter (9 May 1874 – 2 March 1939) was a British archaeologist and Egyptologist who became world-famous after discovering the intact tomb (designated KV62) of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh, Tutankhamun (colloquially known as "King Tut" and "the boy king"), in November 1922.
    • Age: Dec. at 64 (1874-1939)
    • Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom