Georges Goyon

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Georges Goyon
Born 1905
Port Said
Died 1996
Nationality French
Occupation Egyptologist

Georges Goyon (1905-1996[1]) was a French-Egyptian Egyptologist, a senior fellow at the National Centre for Scientific Research, and King Farouk's private archaeologist.

Biography[edit]

Goyon was born in Port-Saïd, Egypt, in 1905, son of Henri Goyon, who worked for the Suez Canal Company.[2] A student and disciple of Pierre Montet,[3] Goyon led, early in his career, the construction of a gigantic granite monument at Ismaïlia for the Suez Canal Company. For twenty years he led the work of excavation of Tanis and inspected the stones of the Great Pyramid of Cheops to which he practically dedicated his life to, but also did a vast amount of work on the inscriptions and graffiti on the Great Pyramid, making a number of important discoveries especially in the 1940s.[4][5] In 1946, Goyon discovered an "abecedary incised on black granite" in Wadi Hammamat.[6]

Publications[edit]

As author:

  • Les inscriptions et graffiti des voyageurs sur la Grande Pyramide. Préf. de Ét. Drioton. , Société royale de géographie, Cairo, 1944.
  • Le papyrus de Turin dit "des Mines d'or" et le Wadi Hammamat, Institut français d'archéologie orientale du Caire, 1949.
  • Le Tombeau d'Ankhou à Saqqarah, Paul Geuthner, Paris, 1959.
  • Le Secret des bâtisseurs des grandes pyramides - Khéops, Pygmalion Editions, 1983.
  • La Découverte des trésors de Tanis, Éditions Perséa, 1987.

As a contributing author:

  • Les constructions et le tombeau de Chéchanq III à Tanis, 1960.
  • Histoire générale des techniques. Tome I, Les origines de la civilisation technique, Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1962.

As an editor:

  • Voyage en Égypte d'Anthoine Morison, 1697, Institut français d'archéologie orientale du Caire, 1976.
  • Nouvelles inscriptions rupestres du Wadi Hammamat, Paris: Librairie d'Amérique et d'Orient (Imprimerie nationale), 1957.

References[edit]

  1. ^ G. Goyon on the author list of the Institut français d’archéologie orientale (IFAO) website
  2. ^ Montet, Pierre (1998). Lettres de Tanis, 1939-1940: la découverte des trésors royaux (in French). Éditions du Rocher. ISBN 978-2-268-02884-2. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Guadagnin, Rémy (2008). Archéologia. A. Fanton. ISBN 978-2-902685-41-7. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cheops" (in German). Benben.de. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Sarah Israelit-Groll; Universiṭah ha-ʻIvrit bi-Yerushalayim. Ḥug le-egipṭologyah (1985). Pharaonic Egypt: the Bible and Christianity. The Magnes Press, the Hebrew University. pp. 65–70. ISBN 978-965-223-602-9. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Porten, Bezalel; Yardeni, Ada (May 1999). Textbook of Aramaic documents from ancient Egypt: Ostraca & assorted inscriptions. Hebrew University, Dept. of the History of the Jewish People. ISBN 978-965-350-089-1. Retrieved 17 July 2012.