Peter Kaplony

Peter Árpád Kaplony (June 15, 1933 in Budapest – February 11, 2011 in Zurich) was a Hungarian-born Swiss egyptologist.

Peter Árpád Kaplony
Born(1933-06-15)June 15, 1933
Budapest, Hungary
DiedFebruary 11, 2011(2011-02-11) (aged 77)
Zurich, Switzerland
NationalityHungarian (1933-1958); Swiss (1958-2011)
Known forSpecialist of the pre-dynastic and early dynastic periods of Egypt


Kaplony, son of a Hungarian military officer, emigrated to Switzerland as a child in December 1944. He became a Swiss citizen in 1958. He studied Ancient History, Egyptology, Arabic language and Arabic literature in the University of Zurich and University of Basel. He participated in the excavations of the Sun temple of Userkaf in Abusir from 1954 until 1957 with a joint Swiss and German team of archeologists.[1] In 1959, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Zurich and, in 1964, his Habilitation.

From 1970 until his retirement in 2000, Kaplony was assistant professor and then professor emeritus of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Zurich. His studies were especially focused on the pre-dynastic and early dynastic periods of Egypt and he published mostly in German and Swiss research journals.


  • The Egyptian inscriptions of the early days. 4 volumes, Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden from 1963 to 1964
  • The cylinder seals of the Old Kingdom. La Fondation Reine Élisabeth Égyptologique, Brussels 1981


Verner, Miroslav; Zemina, Milan (1994). Forgotten pharaohs, lost pyramids: Abusir (PDF). Praha: Academia Škodaexport. ISBN 978-80-200-0022-4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-02-01.

External sources

  • Morris L. Bierbrier: Who was who in Egyptology, 4th revised edition. Egypt Exploration Society, London (2012), ISBN 978-0-85698-207-1, page 289.
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