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Geoffrey Thorndike Martin


Geoffrey Thorndike Martin was born in South Ockendon (Greater London), England on May 28, 1934. He is the son of Albert Thorndike Martin and Lily (Jackson) Martin. He attended school at Aveley and then Palmer's School in Grays, on the west side of London. Martin became very interested in History and Archeology and pursued those interests in college.

 Martin received a Bachelors Degree from University College London in 1963. He also attended Corpus Christi College and Christ's College in Cambridge. While he was attending college, Martin worked as a librarian, bibliographer, and cataloguer. After earning a Ph.D., he began to lecture on Egyptology at University College in London.

Dr. Martin has spent a lot of time in the field at various sites in Egypt. He has concentrated his efforts in the Valley of the Kings, Saqqara, and el-Amarna. He is credited for discovering a rather interesting tomb in Saqqara; the tomb that Horemheb built for himself before he became pharaoh. At the time of its construction, Horemheb was employed as a military advisor to Tutankhamen. Also at Saqqara, Martin discovered the tomb of Mava, who worked for Tutankhamen as treasurer. At el-Amarna, Martin continued the work of the Egypt Exploration Society, whose examination of the Royal Tomb had to be abandoned due to political strife preceding WWII. The Royal Tomb at el-Armarna is in very poor condition due to looting and previous �explorations�. Martin spent a lot of time cataloging artifacts, recovering missing pieces, and exposing fake artifacts wrongly attributed to this site.

Geoffrey Martin has published a lot about his work in Egypt, including a children's book designed to stir interest in the subject. Martin has been Director of the Egypt Exploration Society. He is currently Professor Emeritus at University College London.


Egypt: The Egyptologists

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Who's Who: 154th Annual Edition. A&C Black, London. 2002.

Written by Joseph Perkins, 2002

Edited by Marcy L. Voelker, 2007

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