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!

  • May 22nd 2011

    Tomorrow Dr. Zahi Hawass the Minister of State for Antiquities will open 7 tombs in the New Kingdom Cemetery in South Saqqara for tourism for the first time. This site contains the famous tomb of Maya, who was the treasurer of King Tut, as well as the tomb of Horemheb, the general of King Tut who later became king.

  • May 22nd 2011

    Egypt’s first ever academic institute for Museology will be established in Cairo by the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA). The institute will be set up in Casdagli Palace in the Down Town area with an initial intake of 60 students. 

  • May 20th 2011

    I will never forget what I saw when I went to Saqqara before I became Minister of Antiquities for the second time.  During the Revolution, people built over five hundred tombs (a modern cemetery) above sites near the pyramids of Pepi I, Pepi II, and Djedkare Isesi. I found out that the people who live nearby also built a mosque on the causeway of the pyramid of Djedkare Isesi. 

  • May 20th 2011

    It has come to my attention that an organization called Nature Conservation Egypt is circulating a petition about Lake Qarun in the Fayum, implicating me in a real estate project that threatens this site:

  • May 19th 2011

    On May 12, I met with Mr. Adalberto Biasiotti, a UNESCO security, fire prevention and protection expert, and Mr. Stéphane Thefo, an Interpol criminal intelligence officer in the Works of Art Unit. These two gentlemen spent thirteen days travelling throughout Egypt to examine the security measures in place at sites and museums, so that we can learn how to better protect them. They also came to discuss ways to repatriate any of the objects that went missing during the January Revolution and that may be smuggled out of the country.

  • May 17th 2011

    Yesterday, I had a meeting with a good friend of mine, Deborah Lehr, the Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute (CAI) at George Washington University in the United States. Deborah came to see me as the head of an important delegation from the States called the International Coalition to Support Protection of Egyptian Antiquities. The Coalition was made up of notable representatives of the CAI, the Archaeological Institute of America, the American Schools of Oriental Research at Boston University, and the National Geographic Society.

  • May 17th 2011

    Terry is one of the greatest friends that I have ever had in my life. When I think about my closest friends, Terry is at the top of the list!

  • May 15th 2011

    Since I became the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (now the Ministry of State for Antiquities [MSA]) in 2002, I have been at the forefront of a national project to restore dilapidated Coptic, Jewish and Islamic buildings, along with Egypt’s ancient monuments. I went to Alexandria yesterday with the Minister of Justice, Chancellor Mohamed Abdel Aziz el-Gendy, the head of the Alexandrian courts, Chancellor Kamel el Khole, the Heads of the MSA’s Project and Islamic-Coptic Sectors, General Mohamed el-Sheikha and Dr Mostafa Amin, and Dr Hafez Abdel Azim, from the Engineering Research Center at Cairo University.

  • May 12th 2011

    A limestone stele of the Old Kingdom period (c. 2649-2134 BC), depicting a hunting scene from the daily life of its owner, is to be returned to Egypt by the Museum of Basel, Switzerland. The stele is 51 cm high and dates to the 5th Dynasty (c. 2465-2323 BC). 

  • May 10th 2011

    On Sunday I attended an event with Fayoum Governor, Major General Mahmoud Assem Gad, Prof. Edda Bresciani of the University of Pisa, Dr Ginevra Letizia, Director of Italian Co-operation in Cairo, Dr Carla Bianconi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Italy, the President of the University of Pisa, Amani Nakhlah of the United Nations Development Program and Engineer, Antonio Giammarusti, the international co-manager of the project. The event was to celebrate the end of the second phase of the Medinet Madi Development Project in the Fayoum governorate, the opening of the site and its visitor center to the public.

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