Heinrich Schliemann — German Scientist born on January 06, 1822, died on December 26, 1890

Heinrich Schliemann was a German businessman and a pioneer in the field of archaeology. He was an advocate of the historical reality of places mentioned in the works of Homer. Schliemann was an archaeological excavator of Hissarlik, now presumed to be the site of Troy, along with the Mycenaean sites Mycenae and Tiryns. His work lent weight to the idea that Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid reflect actual historical events. Schliemann's excavation of nine levels of archaeological remains with dynamite has been criticized as destructive of significant historical artifacts, including the level that is believed to be the historical Troy... (wikipedia)

No, this customary aim of research by excavators is completely foreign to the historical work with which I am occupied... my sole and only aim is to be able to establish a historical fact, on which I disagree with some eminent historians and geographers.
We could imagine nothing pleasanter than to spend all of our lives digging for relics of the past.
From that moment, I did not cease to pray to God that by his grace it might one day be permitted to me to learn Greek.