People often ask me, ‘well, it’s not really as exciting as Indiana Jones, now is it?’
I reply, ‘to an archaeologist, yes, it certainly is!’

— Zahi Hawass

Editorials by Dr. Zahi Hawass

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  • April 4th 2010

    The camel and horse touts in Giza are very upset with our new project to save the Pyramids. They do not understand what we are trying to do. Regrettably, many of them do things that harm tourists; I receive many letters from tourists claiming that they will never return to Egypt because of the way they were treated or harassed for money.

  • April 15th 2009

    On Saturday, April 11, I attended the opening night of a week of performances by the Turkish dance troupe “Fire of Anatolia.” The show was a retelling of the story of the Trojan war through various types of dance, including ballet and traditional Turkish folk dance. I gave permission for this performance to be held at the Sound and Light theater at the Giza Pyramids under the auspices of Cairo’s Opera House.

  • February 15th 2009

    I read an interesting article recently in the online edition of The Nation. Written by Britt Peterson, it is called “Tales from the Vitrine,” and addresses the ongoing public debate over the role of museums in the illicit antiquities trade.

  • October 16th 2008

    Many years ago, I was working as an Inspector of Antiquities in Luxor. One night, by the light of the full moon, I went with Sheikh Nagdy, the head of the guards for the Valley of the Kings, to climb El-Qurn, the pyramid-shaped mountain that rises above the valley. I went to sleep at the top of the mountain. At sunrise, I opened my eyes and looked at all of the tombs in the valley from the top of the mountain, thinking about all of the great discoveries that had been made there, and the many adventurers and archaeologists who had both good times and difficult ones.

  • October 1st 2008

    What happened in Damaitta can be a lesson that all of us (governors, government officials – all Egyptians) can learn from. As we all know, a Canadian company – Agrium - was pursuing construction of a fertilizer factory on the island of Ras El Bar and because of the recent controversy parliament appointed a committee to study the case and they decided to move this factory away from Ras El Bar. First I would like to say that I am from Damaitta and I have always been proud of my origin.