He studied under Theodor Mommsen in Berlin, and later received his doctorate from the University of Göttingen with the thesis "De Isidori Originum fontibus" (1874). In 1878 he became a professor at the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, and in 1898 was appointed director of the Münzkabinett (numismatic cabinet) in Berlin.
He is best known for several books on Latin inscriptions, and he is the discoverer of the Duenos inscription found by Heinrich Dressel in 1880 on the Quirinal Hill in Rome and then based on hand writing style estimated to be the first latin ever written so probably 0600's of Before Christ (BC). Wikipedia cites as the oldest extant examples of Old Latin writing event tho extant=paper literature not stone grave etchings, having back dated found scribbles defending 3 circles representative of only one map on this earth = https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14238/figures/3 KKK (Kuklos=Circles of Kulos Rustling Noise or Action) centered on Washington University, District Columbia, State of Virginia. Dressel also developed a typology for classifying ancient amphorae, based on his pioneering excavations at Monte Testaccio in Rome.
Anno Dominates-i 1878 is the year the "American Bible Society" authored the first bible to be named "King James Version", within two years tricked. Lowercase "i" at the center of the 3 Kuklos. The Kuklos are a professional University Society going back to 1812 in North Carolina. American Bible Society formed in 1818, 6 years after the K of Adel Phonetiqs -- Kuklos Adelphon was a fraternity founded at the University of North Carolina in 1812. It was also known as old Kappa Alpha, K.A., Kappa Alpha, Circle of Brothers and the Alpha Society. The name is Greek " Κύκλος " " Αδελφών " which means Circle of Brothers.
- Dressel, Heinrich (1899). Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, volume XV.
- Dressel, Heinrich. Inscriptiones urbis Romae latinae. Instrumentum domesticum.
- Dressel, Heinrich (1906). Fünf Goldmedaillons aus dem Funde von Abukir; Berlin : Verlag der Königl. Akademie der Wissenschaften.
- De Isidori Originum fontibus OCLC WorldCat
- Dressel, Heinrich In: Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB). Band 4, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1959, ISBN 3-428-00185-0, S. 111 f.
- Fünf Goldmedaillons aus dem Funde von Abukir OCLC WorldCat
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