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

Publications by Dr. Zahi Hawass

Here you can find an overview of the most recent publications by Dr. Zahi Hawass. Click the publication title to get further information. To see older publications, browse the publications by using the page overview below, or use the search function.

  • Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt. By Zahi Hawass and Franck Goddio
    September 21, 2010 (All day)

    Beautiful, mysterious, and tragic, Cleopatra remains one of the most mesmerizing women of all time—and here is her story, based on the latest archaeological research. Secrets unfold in the official companion book to the new exhibition cosponsored by National Geographic, opening in Philadelphia in May 2010 and touring the United States for several years.

  • Wonders of the Pyramids: The Sound and Light of Giza
    September 15, 2010 (All day)

    A visit to the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, the one remaining Wonder of the ancient world, is incomplete without enjoying the performance of the spectacular Sound & Light Show of music, historical narration, and lights and images played out on the ancient stones themselves and on the eternal Sphinx.

  • Wonders of Abu Simbel: The Sound and Light of Nubia
    September 15, 2010 (All day)

    One of the highlights of a visit to the remote and imposing temples of Abu Simbel in Egypt’s far south is the famed Sound & Light Show, a spectacular show of music, historical narration, and lights and images played on the ancient statues and temple façades.

  • Inside the Egyptian Museum with Zahi Hawass: Collector's Edition
    May 14, 2010 (All day)

    The Egyptian Museum houses the world’s greatest collection of Egyptian treasures and antiquities, tens of thousands of stunning and fascinating objects dating from the earliest Predynastic times right through to the Greek and Roman Periods. Visitors to this great storehouse may become easily overwhelmed by the vast number of objects on display.

  • Wonders of Karnak: The Sound and Light of Thebes
    December 14, 2009 (All day)

    One of the highlights of a visit to the historic monuments of Luxor, and ancient Thebes, is the famed Sound & Light Show in the great temple complex of Karnak. As visitors arrive after sunset at the first pylon and walk through the magnificent hypostyle hall, they are treated to the first part of this spectacular show of music, historical narration, and lights and images played on the ancient walls. The experience continues as they reach their seats and view the culmination of the spectacle on the ancient stones across the sacred lake.

     

  • Life in Paradise: The Nobles Tombs of Thebes
    November 23, 2009 (All day)

    Not far from the Valley of the Kings lie hundreds of unique and wonderfully decorated tombs from the New Kingdom belonging to courtiers and high officials, along with the artisans who worked on the royal tombs. Life in Paradise, illustrated with spectacular new photographs, gives the reader unprecedented and privileged access to a selection of these extraordinary monuments.

  • Dig Days-The Golden King in San Francisco
    October 29, 2009 - 12:00pm - November 4, 2009 - 12:00pm

    The highly anticipated exhibition "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" has arrived at last in the city of San Francisco, California, where the Pharaoh was welcomed as a living king. This was not the first time that Tutankhamun has visited San Francisco, since the Golden Boy made an appearance there more than 30 years ago. 

  • The Realm of the Pharaohs: Essays in Honour of Tohfa Handousa
    October 21, 2009 (All day)

     Edited by Zahi Hawass, Khaled A. Daoud and Sawsan Abd El-Fattah

  • A Contemporary Book of the Dead. By Zahi Hawass, Wendy Doniger, and John Ransom Phillips
    July 25, 2009 (All day)

    The ancient Egyptians were the first to examine the afterlife in a book composed between 1567 and 1085 BCE. This collection of funerary texts has historically been referred to as the "Book of the Dead" or "Book of Going Forth by Day". For the Egyptians, the "Book of the Dead" was a vital part of the quest for immortality.

  • Dig Days - What Can I Do?
    May 21, 2009 (All day)

    I do not understand what else I can do. All my life I have worked very hard and have always tried to do good things for my country and for antiquities. Before I became secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, archaeology in Egypt was a bit like Raiders of the Lost Ark: there were no rules.