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Francesco Ballerini

Ballerini nei pressi dell'accampamento vicino agli scavi Francesco Ballerini, an Egyptologist and Orientalist, started his unfortunately too short career in the Egyptian Museum of Turin approximately 100 years ago. He became a trustworthy collaborator of Ernesto Schiaparelli director of the Italian Archaeological Mission, operating in Egypt at the beginning of the 20th century. Francesco Ballerini played an active role in some of the most important discoveries of Ancient Egypt in his era. One of the most important was the discovery of the tomb of the Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queen (Western Thebes).

He wrote scientific documentation of fundamental importance relative to the discovery of the aforementioned tomb and many other equally important tombs, even if they are not so well known. This important task was one of the many carried out by Francesco Ballerini, probably the most important member of the missions led by Schiaparelli. His contribution to the knowledge of the Egyptian civilization can be better judged by simply examining the hundreds of finds exhibited in the large halls of the Egyptian Museum of Turin. One of the greatest and outstanding collections in the world, which the work of Ballerini contributed.

The association CEFB is named after Francesco Ballerini; it has its seat and aims to create more interest in Ancient Egyptian culture in Como, the town where the Egyptologist was born and lived.