Anton Moortgat

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Anton Moortgat (21 September 1897 in Antwerp – 9 October 1977 in Damme Belgium) was a Belgian archaeologist. He was the first full professor for the archaeology of the ancient near east in Germany.[1]


He studied Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History and got his PhD in 1923 under Ferdinand Noack. He worked as a research assistant at the Max Freiherr von Oppenheim-Stiftung in Berlin, and since 1929 in the Ancient Near East department of the National Museums in Berlin.

In 1948 he became a professor at the Free University of Berlin.

In 1955 he had done excavations in Syria.

In 2007 The Museum of the Ancient Near East has dedicated a memorial exhibition to Moortgat, marking the 110th anniversary of his birthday .