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

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  • May 7th 2009

    For the last two years, Zahi Hawass has led an all-Egyptian team that is excavating and restoring the mysterious tunnel leading from the burial chamber of King Seti I deep into the Theban cliffs. No explorer has ever reached its end. The reason for the tunnel's existence is unknown, but Hawass is determined to uncover its mysteries.

  • May 5th 2009

    Workers examine the surface of the sarcophagus of Djoser, recently cleared of debris. Each of the massive stone blocks that make up the sarcophagus was inscribed by the ancient builders with a number. (Photo: Sandro Vannini)

     

     

  • May 3rd 2009

    Looking down into the burial chamber of Djoser, at the bottom of the 30-meter central shaft under the Step Pyramid. (Photo: Sandro Vannini)

  • May 3rd 2009

    The Step Pyramid conservation team clearing debris from the massive, red granite sarcophagus of King Djoser. (Photo: Sandro Vannini)

  • April 28th 2009

    Djoser, the first king of Egypt’s 3rd Dynasty, was buried inside a massive, red granite sarcophagus at the bottom of a 30 meter-deep shaft underneath the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. This great tomb, designed by the brilliant architect Imhotep, is Egypt’s first pyramid and the world’s first monumental work of architecture in stone. 

  • April 26th 2009

    Emerging from one of the (empty!) passages inside the Great Sphinx. These passages were probably created by treasure hunters, and perhaps used for burials in later periods. They were not put there by the survivors of a 10,000 year-old civilization. (Photo: Mark Bussell)

  • April 26th 2009

    This image of me and the Nova film crew walking across the back of the Great Sphinx gives some idea of the enormous scale of the statue. (Photo: Mark Bussell)

  • April 26th 2009

    I have just finished three days of filming for a television special about the Great Sphinx. The show is expected to air before the end of 2009. My good friends and colleagues Mark Lehner and Rainer Stadelmann joined me to discuss the important research that we have done over the years on this great monument, and I was very happy to have this opportunity to tell the story of our work.

  • April 25th 2009

    I recently read on the Internet the story of Ramses II's mummy. We know that during the late 1970s the French president, Giscard d'Estaing, asked President Anwar El-Sadat if the mummy of Ramses II could be sent to Paris for conservation and preservation. Being that this mummy did not require any treatment, the real reason behind their request lay in their search for the Pharaoh of the biblical Exodus whom they believed to be Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, third ruler of the New Kingdom's 19th Dynasty.

  • April 23rd 2009

    I am very proud that since I took office as the Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, I have been able to bring the concept of site management to Egypt for the first time. We are now implementing comprehensive, long-term programs all over the country, combining historic preservation with the construction of facilities that improve the experience of visitors to Egypt’s monuments.

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