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George A. Reisner (1867-1942)

George A. Reisner (1867-1942)

Educated at Harvard and in Berlin, Reisner directed the University of California’s Egyptian Expedition under Hearst’s sponsorship between 1899-1905. His excavations at six major and several smaller sites dating from the Neolithic to the Coptic periods, a span of perhaps 8,000 years, yielded some of the University’s richest treasures. The collections are divided between the Museum, with thousands of objects, and the Bancroft Library, with more than 20,000 papyri, the richest collection of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

Courtesy P. A. Hearst Museum