Antoine Héron de Villefosse, a palaeographic archivist and archaeologist, was appointed a member of the Commission de Topographie des Gaules in January 1876.
Assistant then curator at the Louvre
In 1869, Antoine Héron de Villefosse, a historian of ancient Rome and Gaul, joined the department of antiquities at the Louvre as an assistant curator responsible for Greek and Roman sculpture. He then became curator in 1881.
An eminent epigraphist
A renowned specialist in Latin epigraphy, he was introduced to the Société française d’Archéologie in 1871 by Anatole de Barthélémy, before succeeding Léon Renier at the École pratique des hautes études. In 1876, he was appointed a member of the archaeology section of the CTHS, over which he would later preside, and in 1886, he became a member of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres. He also became president of the Société nationale des antiquaires de France.