Famous German Archaeologists

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 1 Heinrich Schliemann

Heinrich Schliemann
Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: January 6, 1822
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Neubukow, Germany
Died: December 26, 1890

German businessman Heinrich Schliemann didn’t let his poverty or lack of education hinder his growth and learned several languages moving from place to place for trade. A pioneer in the field of archaeology, he is now remembered as the man who discovered Troy in his bid to unearth “Priam's Treasure."

 2 Johann Joachim Winckelmann

Johann Joachim Winckelmann
Famous As: Art historian
Birthdate: December 9, 1717
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stendal, Germany
Died: June 8, 1768

German art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann is often referred to as the father of modern archaeology. Born to a cobbler, he studied Greek, theology, and even medicine. He later specialized in Greek and Neoclassical art and had a prominent influence on Western painting, sculpture, and literature.

 3 Maria Reiche

Maria Reiche
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 15, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: June 8, 1998
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 4 Jan Assmann

Jan Assmann
Famous As: Egyptologist
Birthdate: July 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Langelsheim, Germany

 5 Leo Frobenius

Leo Frobenius
Famous As: Ethnologist
Birthdate: June 29, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: August 9, 1938

 6 Karl Richard Lepsius

Karl Richard Lepsius
Famous As: Egyptologist
Birthdate: December 23, 1810
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naumburg, Germany
Died: July 10, 1884

 7 Halet Cambel

Halet Cambel
Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: August 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, German Empire
Died: January 12, 2014
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 8 Robert Koldewey

Robert Koldewey
Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: September 10, 1855
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Blankenburg am Harz, Duchy of Brunswick, German Confederation
Died: February 4, 1925

 9 Gustaf Kossinna

Gustaf Kossinna
Famous As: Archaeologist, Philologist
Birthdate: September 28, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany
Died: December 20, 1931

 10 Wilhelm Dörpfeld

Wilhelm Dörpfeld
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: December 26, 1853
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Barmen, Germany
Died: April 25, 1940

 11 Hugo Winckler

Hugo Winckler
Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: July 4, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gräfenhainichen, Germany
Died: April 19, 1913

 12 Adolf Furtwängler

Adolf Furtwängler
Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: June 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died: October 10, 1907

 13 Ernst Curtius

Ernst Curtius
Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: September 2, 1814
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lübeck, Germany
Died: July 11, 1896

 14 Carl Humann

Carl Humann
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 4, 1839
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Essen, Germany
Died: April 12, 1896

Carl Humann, one of the 19th century self-made archaeologists who never studied archaeology nor did any advanced degree in the field, rose to prominence after he discovered the Pergamon Altar that is counted among the finest examples of Hellenistic sculpture. His excavation of the ancient Greek city of Pergamum also brought to light much about Hellenistic city planning.

 15 Otto Jahn

Otto Jahn
Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: June 16, 1813
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kiel, Germany
Died: September 9, 1869

 16 Georg Friedrich Creuzer

Georg Friedrich Creuzer
Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: March 10, 1771
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marburg, Germany
Died: February 6, 1858

 17 Friedrich Gottlieb Welcker

Friedrich Gottlieb Welcker
Famous As: Classical philologist
Birthdate: November 4, 1784
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grünberg, Germany
Died: December 17, 1868

 18 Otto Kern

Otto Kern
Famous As: Philologist, Archaeologist
Birthdate: February 14, 1863
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Germany
Died: January 31, 1942

 19 Helmuth Theodor Bossert

Helmuth Theodor Bossert
Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 11, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Landau, Germany
Died: February 5, 1961

 20 Konrad Spindler

Konrad Spindler
Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: June 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: April 17, 2005