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List of famous archaeologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top archaeologists in the world? This includes the most prominent archaeologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. These popular archaeologists are responsible for the weirdest archaeological discoveries and the most NSFW archaeological discoveries. This list of notable archaeologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic archaeologists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned archaeologists.

Examples of important people in archaeology on this list include Thomas Jefferson, Howard Carter, Louis Leakey, and more. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known archaeologists to the lesser known archaeologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the archaeologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous archaeologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous archaeologists?" then you're in the right place. 

Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
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Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. He was a spokesman for democracy, and embraced the principles of republicanism and the rights of the individual with worldwide influence. At the ...more

Age: Died at 83 (1743-1826)

Birthplace: Shadwell, Virginia, United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Inventor, Author, Farmer, Architect, + more

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Mark Lehner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
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Mark Lehner


Mark Lehner is an American archaeologist with more than 30 years of experience excavating in Egypt. His approach, as director of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, is to conduct interdisciplinary archaeological investigation. Every excavated object is examined by specialists to create an overall ...more

Profession: Archaeologist

Kathleen Kenyon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
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Dame Kathleen Mary Kenyon, DBE, was a leading archaeologist of Neolithic culture in the Fertile Crescent. Former Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford and best known for her excavations of Jericho and Bangalow in 1952-1958, she has been called the most influential female archaeologist of the 20th ...more

Age: Died at 72 (1906-1978)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Archaeologist

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Howard Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
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Howard Carter was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist who became world famous after discovering the intact tomb of 14th-century BC pharaoh Tutankhamun in November 1922. ...more

Age: Died at 65 (1874-1939)

Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Egyptologist, Archaeologist

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