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Wilkinson, John Gardner

Explorer
1797-1875

A British Egyptologist and traveler who, as part of his topographical survey of Thebes, assigned the numbering sequence to the tombs in the Valley of the Kings that was later continued and is still in use today. He also copied and studied scenes and inscriptions of the Theban tombs and carried out limited excavations in 1824 and 1827-1828. Fifty-six volumes of Wilkinson’s work are preserved in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.