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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
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 ...more

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

Kathleen Kenyon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
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 ...more

Howard Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
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.

Stuart Struever is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Stuart McKee Struever is an American archaeologist and anthropologist best known for his contributions to the archaeology of the Woodland Period in the US midwest and for his leadership of ...more

Jesse Fewkes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Jesse Walter Fewkes was an American anthropologist, archaeologist, writer and naturalist.

Jerald T. Milanich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Jerald T. Milanich is an American anthropologist and archaeologist, specializing in Native American culture in Florida. He is Curator Emeritus of Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural ...more

Arthur Evans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Sir Arthur John Evans FRS FREng was an English archaeologist most famous for unearthing the palace of Knossos on the Greek island of Crete and for developing the concept of Minoan civilization ...more

Gertrude Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, CBE was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, archaeologist and spy who explored, mapped, and became highly influential to British ...more

John Lloyd Stephens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
John Lloyd Stephens John Lloyd Stephens was an American explorer, writer, and diplomat. Stephens was a pivotal figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization throughout Middle America and in the planning of the ...more

Louis Leakey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey, also known as L. S. B. Leakey, was a Kenyan paleoanthropologist and archaeologist whose work was important in establishing human evolutionary development in Africa, ...more

Karl Vollmöller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Karl Gustav Vollmöller, usually written Vollmoeller was a German playwright and screenwriter. He is most famous for two works, the screenplay for the celebrated 1930 German film Der Blaue ...more

Leonard Woolley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Leonard Woolley Sir Leonard Woolley was a British archaeologist best known for his excavations at Ur in Mesopotamia. He is considered to have been one of the first "modern" archaeologists, and was ...more

Alpheus Hyatt Verrill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Alpheus Hyatt Verrill, known as Hyatt Verrill, was an American zoologist, explorer, inventor, illustrator and author. He was the son of Addison Emery Verrill, the first professor of zoology at ...more

John Garstang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
John Garstang John Garstang was a British archaeologist of the ancient Near East, especially Anatolia and the southern Levant. John Garstang was born to Walter Garstang of Blackburn and was the younger ...more

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebur... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
The Right Honourable John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury PC FRS DCL LLD, known as Sir John Lubbock, 4th Baronet from 1865 until 1900, was a banker, Liberal politician, philanthropist, scientist and ...more

Robert Ballard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Robert Duane Ballard is a former United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime ...more

Jan Potocki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Count Jan Nepomucen Potocki was a Polish nobleman, Polish Army Captain of Engineers, ethnologist, Egyptologist, linguist, traveler, adventurer and popular author of the Enlightenment period, ...more

Ignace Gelb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Ignace Jay Gelb was a Polish-American ancient historian and Assyriologist who pioneered the scientific study of writing systems.

Alfred L. Kroeber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Alfred Louis Kroeber was an American cultural anthropologist. He received his Ph.D. under Franz Boas at Columbia University in 1901, the first doctorate in anthropology awarded by Columbia. He ...more

Thor Heyerdahl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany, and geography. He became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km ...more

Kwang-chih Chang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Kwang-chih Chang Kwang-chih Chang, also known as K.C. Chang, was a Chinese/Taiwanese archaeologist and sinologist. He was a professor of archaeology at Harvard University, a Vice-President of the Academia Sinica ...more

Mary Leakey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Mary Leakey was a British paleoanthropologist who discovered the first fossilised Proconsul skull, an extinct ape now believed to be ancestral to humans. She also discovered the robust ...more

Prosper Mérimée is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Prosper Mérimée was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He is perhaps best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera ...more

Zahi Hawass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Zahi Hawass is an Egyptian archaeologist, an Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. He has also worked at archaeological sites in the Nile Delta, the Western Desert, ...more

Walter B. Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Walter Bryan Jones, Ph.D. was an American geologist and archaeologist. Born in Alabama, Jones earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama and his doctorate from Johns ...more

Robert Mond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Sir Robert Ludwig Mond FRS, FRSE was a British chemist and archaeologist.

John Romer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
John Lewis Romer is a British Egyptologist, historian and archaeologist, who has created and appeared in many TV archaeology series, including Romer's Egypt, Ancient Lives, Testament, The Seven ...more

Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Gabriel James Byrne is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London's ...more

Theodor Mommsen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen was a German classical scholar, historian, jurist, journalist, politician, archaeologist and writer generally regarded as one of the greatest classicists of ...more

James Henry Breasted is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
James Henry Breasted was an American archaeologist and historian. After completing his PhD at the University of Berlin in 1894, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago. In 1901 he ...more

Théodore Reinach is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Théodore Reinach was a French archaeologist, mathematician, lawyer, papyrologist, philologist, epigrapher, historian, numismatist, musicologist, professor, and politician. Educated at the ...more

Timothy Pauketat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Dr. Timothy R. Pauketat is an “American Bottom” Mississippian-era archaeologist and professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is best known for his ...more

Guillermo Algaze is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Guillermo Algaze is a recipient of a 2003 MacArthur Award, Algaze is a former chair of the anthropology department at University of California, San Diego, and project director of the Titris ...more

Randall Price is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
J. Randall Price is a theologian, archaeologist, and research author who is founder and President of World of the Bible Ministries.

Doris Stone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Doris Stone Doris Zemurray Stone was an archaeologist and ethnographer, specializing in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the so-called "Intermediate Area" of lower Central America. She served as the ...more

Walter Miller is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Walter Miller Samuel Walter Miller, LL. D., Litt. D. was an American linguist, Classics scholar and archaeologist responsible for the first American excavation in Greece and a founder of the Stanford ...more

Frederick Webb Hodge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Frederick Webb Hodge Frederick W. Hodge was an editor, anthropologist, archaeologist, and historian.

James Alfred Ford is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
James Alfred Ford James Alfred Ford was an American archaeologist. He was born in Water Valley, Mississippi, on February 12, 1911. He became interested in work on Native American mound research while growing up ...more

Bernard Fagg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Bernard Evelyn Buller Fagg was a British archaeologist and Museum curator who undertook extensive work in Nigeria before and after the Second World War.

Oscar White Muscarella is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Oscar White Muscarella is an American archaeologist and former research fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he worked for over 40 years before retiring in 2009. His specialty is the ...more

J. B Ward-Perkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
J. B Ward-Perkins John Bryan Ward-Perkins, CMG, CBE, FBA was a British Classical architectural historian and archaeologist, and director of the British School at Rome.

Anna Curtenius Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Anna Curtenius Roosevelt Anna Curtenius Roosevelt is an American archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies human evolution and long-term human-environment ...more

Heather Lechtman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Heather Lechtman Heather Lechtman is an American materials scientist and archaeologist, and Director, Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rita P. Wright is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Rita P. Wright is an American anthropologist, and professor at New York University. She graduated from Wellesley College, with a B.A. in 1975, and from Harvard University with an M.A. in 1978 ...more

Lewis Binford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Lewis Roberts Binford was an American archaeologist known for his influential work in archaeological theory, ethnoarchaeology and the Paleolithic period. He is widely considered among the most ...more

J. Richard Steffy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
J. Richard Steffy John Richard Steffy was an American nautical archaeologist. He attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He taught at University of Pennsylvania. He founded the Institute of Nautical ...more

Thomas Charles Lethbridge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Thomas Charles Lethbridge, better known as T.C. Lethbridge, was an English archaeologist, parapsychologist, and explorer. A specialist in Anglo-Saxon archaeology, he served as Keeper of ...more

William F. Albright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
William Foxwell Albright was an American archaeologist, biblical scholar, philologist, and expert on ceramics.

Robert John Braidwood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Archaeologists
Robert John Braidwood was an American archaeologist and anthropologist, one of the founders of scientific archaeology, and a leader in the field of Near Eastern Prehistory.