Giovanni Battista Belzoni: The Strongman Egyptologist

Posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by John Wood

There has certainly never been a strongman like Giovanni Battista Belzoni. In the early 1800’s, he joined a traveling circus and performed throughout Europe as the “keystone” man in a human pyramid, supporting and carrying 11-12 men on his back across a stage, a weight of close to a ton.

But things get even more interesting after his strongman exploits… Belzoni went on to become a famous explorer and Egyptologist, concentrating his efforts on the Valley of Kings. Some of his finds are still on display at the British Museum.

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