For me, archaeology is not a just a job. It combines everything that I could want - imagination, intellect, action, and adventure.

— Zahi Hawass

Articles by Dr. Zahi Hawass

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  • January 20th 2012

    During his term as an attaché at the Italian Embassy, I met Bartolomeo Cuccia, who has lived in Egypt now for the last 10 years.  We became good friends. Rita, his wonderful wife, lives most of the time in Italy because her daughter Martha has to be in school in Rome, but she comes often to visit her husband here in Egypt. Their eldest daughter Erika married a nice young Egyptian man named Julio, who lives downtown and works for the Italian Consulate.  

  • December 24th 2011

     This is a sad day for all of us who love Egypt. No one can believe that the Egyptian Scientific Institute has been destroyed. 

  • June 14th 2011

    I am presently midway through a lecture tour of the United States, having visited Minneapolis and Cincinnati. I have found the enthusiasm of attendees and interest in my country particularly gratifying. Audiences, of all ages, are eager to hear about the revolution and Egyptian heritage. It has been a pleasure to meet people personally and hear what positive and inspirational thoughts they have about my country.   

  • June 10th 2011

     As those of you who have followed my website know, there was some looting and land grabbing, and even the Egyptian Museum was vandalized and robbed. At one point, I myself resigned in protest when I felt that the authorities were not doing enough to protect our monuments. However, the situation was never as bad as many of the unconfirmed reports had implied, and it is now greatly improved.

  • May 4th 2011

    Last week I made a visit to a new museum we are building in Cairo, the National Museum of Civilization (NMEC). It is located in Old Cairo, and will be an important world-class museum when it is finished.

  • April 30th 2011

    Yesterday I had a meeting with representatives of Hamas, who were returning Egyptian artifacts found in Gaza. It was a very interesting meeting, which can show how the Ministry has made a great effort to cause everyone to be aware of the importance of returning stolen artifacts.  

     

  • April 28th 2011

     Tuesday was a very productive day, I had several successful meetings, including a visit with a delegation from Iraq’s antiquities authorities.

  • April 26th 2011

     A colossal statue of Amenhotep III was uncovered during the Ministry of State for Antiquities’ (MSA) excavation in the area of the funerary temple of King Amenhotep III on the West Bank of Luxor. The mission, led by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities, unearthed a statue 13 meters tall that consists of seven large quartzite blocks. 

  • April 21st 2011

    Today I had a meeting with Mr. Stephen Greenberg, the President of Metaphor, which is the company that is helping to plan and design the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). 

  • April 19th 2011

    Recently I met with the Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr. Essam Sharaf, and I informed him that we have several sites that can now be opened to the public. I hope that the opening of these sites will be a message to the public that Egypt is safe.