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!

  • March 30th 2011

    On Wednesday, March 30th, Dr. Zahi Hawass was called from the Prime Minister Essam Sharaf in his office to be appointed Minister of Antiquities. In this video Zahi Hawass is addressing a message to all friends of Egypt.

  • March 29th 2011

     On Sunday I went to Dahshur to visit my excavations in an area south of Saqqara. We began this work when satellite images showed a pyramid hidden below the sand. We have found several unique 6th Dynasty tombs at this site, but the most important discoveries we have made is a large mud brick enclosure wall measuring three meters high. Inside this enclosure we expected to find tombs that reach down to bedrock; these tombs were built in this style to decrease the chances of tomb robberies.

  • March 27th 2011

    I was informed by Dr, Mohamed Abdel Maksoud, head of antiquities in Lower Egypt, that the committee who reviewed the storage magazine at Qantara East has finished their report. Qantara East is the magazine that I wrote about in my first website post during the revolution. I mentioned that a group of armed men attacked the storage magazine and stole many boxes.

  • March 24th 2011

     I would like to thank Deborah Lehr, through George Washington University’s Capitol Archeological Institute, for organizing a petition calling for the protection of Egypt’s antiquities, monuments, and archaeological sites. 

  • March 24th 2011


    Wael Ghoniem is an interesting young man who dedicated much of his time to help organize the young Egyptians who participated in the revolution; his goal was to give all Egyptians the freedom and democracy we deserve. Wael was recently awarded the John F. Kennedy award for courage for the bravery he showed during the revolution. 

  • March 22nd 2011


  • March 18th 2011

    Twelve of the artifacts missing from the Egyptian Museum, Cairo have been returned, including six bronze statuettes dated to the Late Period, a small limestone statue of a sphinx, and five necklaces. 

  • March 15th 2011

    I am sorry that I cannot be here in person today, but I am sure that you all know that I am with you in spirit. Since I was appointed head of the antiquities service in Egypt, I have made it a priority to stop the illegal export of our cultural heritage, and to repatriate stolen artifacts. I created a new department focused on repatriation issues, and began a campaign that has gained the respect of the international community. To date, our team has brought back over 5,000 objects.

  • March 7th 2011

    On Friday night, a group of 35 criminals attacked the storage magazines at Tell el-Fara'in (Buto) an ancient and important former capital of Lower Egypt, the Delta. Here the remains of the ancient city walls, a temple of Ramesses II, many great statues of that king and others of gods, such as Sekhmet and Horus, have been found. Both foreign (notably, German and British teams) and Egyptian missions have worked there, excavating the stores and settlement of a New Kingdom town as well as discovering Predynastic remains, making it one of the most important archaeological sites in the Delta.

  • March 6th 2011

    Q: Dr. Hawass, for many years you have been the image of modern Egyptology. Why are you leaving now?

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