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List of Famous Archaeologists

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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. And if you're looking for archaeology movies, we have a list on that too.


  • Thomas Jefferson
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  • Mark Lehner
    Mark Lehner is an American archaeologist with more than 30 years of experience excavating in...  more
  • Kathleen Kenyon
    Dame Kathleen Mary Kenyon, (5 January 1906 – 24 August 1978) was a leading British...  more
  • Howard Carter
    Howard Carter (9 May 1874 – 2 March 1939) was a British archaeologist and Egyptologist who...  more
  • Stuart Struever
    Stuart McKee Struever (born 1931) is an American archaeologist and anthropologist best known...  more
  • Jesse Fewkes
    Jesse Walter Fewkes was an American anthropologist, archaeologist, writer and naturalist....  more
  • Jerald T. Milanich
    Jerald T. Milanich is an American anthropologist and archaeologist, specializing in Native...  more
  • Arthur Evans
    Sir Arthur John Evans (8 July 1851 – 11 July 1941) was an English archaeologist and pioneer...  more
  • Gertrude Bell
    Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, CBE (14 July 1868 – 12 July 1926) was an English writer,...  more
  • John Lloyd Stephens

    John Lloyd Stephens

    John Lloyd Stephens (November 28, 1805 – October 13, 1852) was an American explorer, writer,...  more
  • Louis Leakey
    Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey (7 August 1903 – 1 October 1972) was a Kenyan paleoanthropologist...  more
  • Karl Vollmöller
    Karl Gustav Vollmöller (or Vollmoeller; 7 May 1878 – 18 October 1948) was a German...  more
  • Leonard Woolley

    Leonard Woolley

    Sir Leonard Woolley was a British archaeologist best known for his excavations at Ur in...  more
  • Alpheus Hyatt Verrill
    Alpheus Hyatt Verrill, known as Hyatt Verrill, (23 July 1871 – 14 November 1954) was an...  more
  • John Garstang

    John Garstang

    John Garstang was a British archaeologist of the ancient Near East, especially Anatolia and...  more
  • John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury
    John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, 4th Baronet, (30 April 1834 – 28 May 1913), known as Sir...  more
  • Robert Ballard
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  • Jan Potocki
    Count Jan Potocki (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjan pɔˈtɔt͡skʲi]; 8 March 1761 – 23 December 1815)...  more
  • Ignace Gelb
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  • Alfred L. Kroeber
    Alfred Louis Kroeber (June 11, 1876 – October 5, 1960) was an American cultural...  more
  • Thor Heyerdahl
    Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian pronunciation: [tuːr ˈhæɪəɖɑːl]; October 6, 1914 – April 18, 2002)...  more

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  • Kwang-chih Chang

    Kwang-chih Chang

    Kwang-chih Chang, also known as K.C. Chang, was a Chinese/Taiwanese archaeologist and...  more
  • Mary Leakey
    Mary Douglas Leakey, FBA (née Nicol, 6 February 1913 – 9 December 1996) was a British...  more
  • Prosper Mérimée
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  • Zahi Hawass
    Zahi Hawass (Arabic: زاهي حواس‎; born May 28, 1947) is an Egyptian archaeologist, ...  more