Michael Allen Hoffman
14 October 1944—23 April 1990.
Co-director of the Hierakonpolis Expedition and head of the Predynastic Research Team at Hierakonpolis from 1978 to his untimely death, Mike came to Hierakonpolis in 1969 to conduct the first predynastic settlement excavations to take place in Egypt in over 30 years. His work at the site put Hierakonpolis on the map as the premier site for understanding Egypt's formative period. Apart from numerous articles on the excavations at Hierakonpolis, he wrote Egypt Before the Pharoahs, 1979, reprinted and updated 1991 and The Predynastic of Hierakonpolis, 1982. He died of cancer in Washington DC, 23 April 1990.