Erika Endesfelder

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Erika Endesfelder (born Thürmer , born July 3, 1935 in Berlin ; † January 28, 2015 there ) was a German Egyptologist .

After graduating from high school, Endesfelder first did a banking apprenticeship. Since 1954, she studied with Fritz Hintze at the Humboldt University of Berlin Egyptology and was founded in 1962 with the work of the workers of the Theban necropolis during the New Kingdom doctorate . In the winter of 1963/64 she took part in an ethnographic research trip to Ghana . She then worked as an advisor to the Rector of the Humboldt University Karl-Heinz Wirzberger and then worked with her husband at the GDR embassy in Cairo. In 1972 she returned to East Berlin. The dissertation B followed 1980. assessors were again Hintze and Roland Felber and Horst Klengel , theme was observations on the formation of the Egyptian State (the work was published in 2011). In February 1981 Endesfelder became a university lecturer in Egyptology at the Asian Studies section at Humboldt University. In September 1984 she was appointed full professor of Egyptology. In the course of the structural changes at the Humboldt University, Endesfelder was newly appointed to the professorship for Egyptology at the Institute for Sudan Archeology and Egyptology , which she held until her retirement in 2000.


  • Editor: Egypt and Kush. Fritz Hintze on his 60th birthday (= writings on the history and culture of the ancient Orient. Vol. 13). Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 1977.
  • Egyptology at the Berlin University. To the history of a subject . Humboldt University, Berlin 1988 (reports from the Humboldt University of Berlin, vol. 8, no.6).
  • Editor: Problems of Early Social Development in Ancient Egypt . Institute for Sudan Archeology and Egyptology, Berlin 1991, ISBN 3-86175-004-X .
  • Editor: From Berlin to Meroe. Memories of the Egyptologist Fritz Hintze (1915–1993) (= Asia and Africa Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Vol. 3). Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 2003, ISBN 3-447-04133-1 .
  • Observations on the emergence of the ancient Egyptian state (= Internet articles on Egyptology and Sudan archeology. Vol. 14). Golden House Publications, Berlin / London 2011, ISBN 978-1-906137-25-0 ( digitized version ).


  • Caris-Beatrice Arnst (editor): Encounters - ancient cultures in the Nile valley. Festival ceremony for Erika Endesfelder, Karl-Heinz Priese, Walter Friedrich Reineke and Steffen Wenig. Wodtke & Stegbauer, Leipzig 2001, ISBN 3-934374-02-6 .
  • Lothar Mertens : Lexicon of the GDR historians. Biographies and bibliographies on the historians from the German Democratic Republic. Saur, Munich 2006, ISBN 3-598-11673-X , p. 199.
  • Frank Feder, Gunnar Sperveslage and Florian Steinborn (eds.): Understanding Egypt. Erika Endesfelder in memoriam. , IBAES 19, [Internet version: ], Berlin, London 2017, ISBN 978-1-906137-53-3 .

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