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Wonderful ThingsA History of Egyptology: 1: From Antiquity to 1881$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165993

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165993.001.0001

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(p.191) 10 Consolidation
Wonderful Things

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Fieldwork in Egypt slackened for a time after the early 1830s but it did not cease entirely. Richard William Howard Vyse and John Shae Perring performed valuable though sometimes rough work at the Pyramids of Giza and other pyramid fields. Émile Prisse d’Avennes raised the copying of ancient monuments to a high standard. But efforts to establish Egyptology in Egypt on an institutional basis faltered. On the other hand, Richard Lepsius emerged as Germany's leading Egyptologist with encouragement from Alexander von Humboldt. The king of Prussia supported a large expedition to Egypt and Nubia with Lepsius as its leader. Ranging far into Sudan, the Prussian Expedition accomplished an astonishing amount of work of extraordinarily high quality that was to have a profound effect on Egyptology. The published result of the Prussian Expedition, the Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien, is comparable in size and impact to the great French Description de l’Égypte.

Keywords:   Richard William Howard Vyse, John Shae Perring, Pyramids of Giza, Émile Prisse d’Avennes, Richard Lepsius, Alexander von Humboldt, Prussian Expedition, Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien, Fieldwork

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