Selim Hassan
Dr. Selim Hassan (1887-1961).jpg
Born15 April 1886

Selim Hassan (Arabic: سليم حسن‎; born on 15 April 1886[1] – 1961) was an Egyptian Egyptologist. He wrote the 16-volume Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt in Arabic and supervised the excavation of many ancient Egyptian tombs under the auspices of Cairo University.[2] He studied under Kamal at the Higher Teachers College in Cairo and began teaching in 1921. He later studied in Paris at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. He was the first native Egyptian to be appointed Professor of Egyptology at the University of Cairo, a post he held from 1936 to 1939. He was then made Deputy-Director of the Antiquities Service. He received a PhD from Vienna in 1935.[3]


Selim Hassan excavated the Central Field at Giza from 1929 to 1939.[3][4] He found and recorded many mastabas and discovered several undisturbed tombs. The results of his excavations were published in ten volumes. From about five missions working and excavating the cemeteries at Giza his work is regarded for science the most important one. George Reisner, working at the same cemetery published only little of his results. Hermann Junker, also working at Giza, concentrated in his publication very much on architecture with long chapters better placed in articles on different subjects, but not on his finds. The publications of Selim Hassan concentrates on the find and the archaeology, including the pottery found, often only just mentioned by Junker.[5]

Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt is considered the definitive historical reference for Ancient Egypt. Hassan wrote it in Arabic and worked on it for most of his life. The first volume is entitled "From Prehistory to the End of the Ahnasy Era."


  • Excavations at Giza
  • The Sphinx: Its History in the Light of Recent Excavations
  • Excavations at Saqqara, 1937-1938 / by Selim Hassan ; re-edited by Zaky Iskander.
  • The Great Pyramid of Khufu and its Mortuary Chapel: with names and titles vols. I-X of the excavations at Giza / by Selimuium

Translated works

  • The dawn of conscience. Arabic. 1956
  • Fajr al-ḍamīr [manuscript] / taʼlīf Jaymis Hanrī Baristid ; tarjamat Salīm Ḥasan.


  1. ^ a b الواحد, محمد عبد (2007). مأساة صنعت موسوعة (in Arabic). ktab INC.
  2. ^ Wireless to the New York Times. "Tombs near Pyramids now being excavated", The New York Times. April 17, 1936. Page 1.
  3. ^ a b Bierbrier, Morris L (2012). Who Was Who in Egyptology. London, UK: The Egypt Exploration Society. pp. 244–245. ISBN 978-0-85698-207-1.
  4. ^ Hassan, S. (1960) The Great Pyramid of Khufu and its Mortuary Chapel With Names and Titles of Vols. I-X of the Excavations at Giza.
  5. ^ S. Quirke: Hidden Hands, London 2010 ISBN 978-0-7156-3904-7, 296
  • Zahi Hawass: "Selim Hassan", In:Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids, New York 1999, ISBN 0-87099-907-9 S. 156-57

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