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

Writings by Zahi Hawass

Dr. Hawass is a prolific author. He shares his knowledge about ancient Egypt along with the thrill of his discoveries in his many books. You can learn even more from the articles that he writes just for, and from his web diary, through which you can follow him on his adventures!

  • June 9th 2011

    Dr. Zahi Hawass, the Minister of State for Antiquities, went to the United States to give a series of public lectures and to hold several press conferences in five different states. The aim is to promote tourism in Egypt. 

  • June 9th 2011

    I am very happy to announce that I will be giving a multimedia lecture for the first time in Brussels! I am looking forward to talking about the latest archaeological research in Egypt and the future work to protect our ancient monuments.

  • June 6th 2011

    Today I was in touch with my friend Dr Ehab el-Rayes, who is the one of the most renowned ophthalmologists in Egypt. He is organizing the 4th Cairo Retina Meeting (, which will take place in Cairo in January 2012.

  • June 5th 2011

     I am planning a trip in July to Brussels, Belgium along with Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Monir Fakhry Abdel-Nour. We will be promoting tourism in Egypt, both for the sake of our economy and for the benefit of our ancient monuments. We need visitors to return to this country, because without them the funds that we use to maintain our sites and museums will disappear, and Egypt’s economy will continue to suffer.

  • May 31st 2011

    During their excavation at the funerary temple of the 18th Dynasty king, Amenhotep III (c. 1390-1352 BC), at Kom el-Hettan on the west bank of Luxor, the mission of the Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project unearthed an alabaster colossus of the great king. The team has also discovered the head of a deity, as well as restoring a stele and a head of the same king.   

  • May 28th 2011

    I am very happy to say that I will be in the United States soon - I will speaking in St. Paul, Minnesota and Cincinnati, Ohio. These will be my first public lectures abroad since the Revolution! I am looking forward to sharing news about the latest archaeological research in Egypt with everyone, and - perhaps most importantly - talking about the future of our work to protect our ancient monuments in this exciting new era for Egypt. I hope that everyone will be able to join me for one of these events!
    (click through link: Dates, times, and ticket information...)

  • May 28th 2011

    I was very pleased to be involved with this project, which will be aired in a television program called Egypt’s Lost Cities. Unfortunately, however, an inaccurate article about it was prematurely released, even before the BBC’s press release was checked by my Ministry. 

  • May 24th 2011


    Today, I met with Dr. Elhussein, the Minister of Waqf to discuss the restoration of some Islamic monuments.  We have spent 2 billion EGP on the conservation of Egyptian monuments over 20 years. We agreed that we will select a specialist company to provide security for 76 early mosques in order to protect them from theft. Many mosques have had pieces stolen, and working with this company is the first step in making sure that this does not happen again.

  • May 24th 2011

    Yesterday, I went to Saqqara to open the New Kingdom tombs for visitors.  This new set of tombs includes the tombs of Tutankhamen’s treasurer, Maya, and his general who would become king, Horemheb.  I want to encourage the tourists to come back, especially to visit these spectacular tombs that have never been opened to the public before.  That is the great thing about Egypt, you can come here a dozen times and see different things each time.

  • May 22nd 2011

    I am happy to say that we completed another great mission today with the help of the police and the military.  Today, we cleared about 22 monuments on the West Bank of Luxor that had been attacked by illegal building activity in the days following the revolution. Many people built houses or expanded their Alabaster factories over the archaeological sites and tombs.

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