Caspar Jacob Christiaan Reuvens (1793-1835)

Caspar Jacob Christiaan ReuvensDutch Egyptologist
Reuvens studied law and classics in Amsterdam and Leiden but became interested in archaeology during a stay in Paris. He was appointed first director of the newly-founded Leiden Museum of Antiquities and first professor of archaeology in the Netherlands at Leiden University (1818-1835). It was Reuvens who transformed the mediocre archaeological cabinet of Leiden University to the National Museum of Antiquities of the Netherlands. Backed by King William I, he acquired the successive collections of De Lescluze , Cimba , and d´Anastasi , as well as numerous classical collections. Reuvens also started excavations in the Netherlands.