Richard Lepsius (1810-1884)

Richard LepsiusGerman Egyptologist
After his studies at Leipzig, Göttingen, Berlin and Paris, he led the Prussian expedition to Egypt and the Sudan (1842-1845), which was the first to explore the New Kingdom cemetery at Saqqara in some detail. Lepsius' map of the area, with the position of the tomb of Maya clearly marked, started off the present fieldwork. Upon his return, Lepsius edited his report in the 12 wonderful volumes of the Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien. He brought back many antiquities for the Berlin museum, where he became curator. He was also a professor at Berlin University from 1846 onwards.