What is important to me is that I have the great good fortune to spend my days doing something I love, and being given the opportunity to make a difference in the world.

— 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 drhawass.com, and from his web diary, through which you can follow him on his adventures!

  • March 3rd 2011

    When the revolution began on January 25, 2011, and through its first week, there were only a few reports of looting: at Qantara East in the Sinai, and at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. However, since Mubarak's resignation, looting has increased all over the country, and our antiquities are in grave danger from criminals trying to take advantage of the current situation.

    The Egyptian Museum, Cairo

  • February 23rd 2011

    I am pleased to report that visitors are coming back to the Egyptian Museum. On Monday, the 21st of February 2011, 2770 Egyptians and 107 foreign tourists came to see the museum, which houses some of the greatest masterpieces in the world. I am proud that we were able to reopen this important institution so quickly, only three weeks after the beginning of our revolution.

  • February 22nd 2011

    On 20 February 2011, all of Egypt's archaeological sites and six of its antiquities museums reopened. In my opinion, the most important reopening was that of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. After all the rumors surrounding the vandalism and thefts there I am happy to say that it is now truly safe. A complete inventory is still underway, but for now, it seems that relatively few objects are still missing.

  • February 17th 2011

    Statue of Akhenaten returned

  • February 16th 2011

    Dr. Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, announced today that a committee of archaeologists completed a preliminary search of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo and its grounds.

  • February 12th 2011

    The staff of the database department at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo have given me their report on the inventory of objects at the museum following the break in. Sadly, they have discovered objects are missing from the museum. The objects missing are as follows: 

     

  • February 11th 2011

    I would like to begin by apologizing for not posting a statement yesterday; I gave several interviews from the conservation lab at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo in the morning, and had to attend a cabinet meeting in the afternoon that lasted most of the day. 

  • February 9th 2011

    I am pleased to report that an additional five objects that were stolen from the Qantara East Magazine in the Sinai were located and returned to the storage magazine on February 8, 2011. It seems that the thieves simply threw these five objects in the desert, and the police was able to retrieve them.

  • February 8th 2011

    After a complete review of the seventy broken objects that are being restored in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, there are twenty or twenty-five objects that are being restored right now.

  • February 7th 2011

    Today I would like to discuss, in detail, some of the objects that were broken at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. In front of the Amarna galleries, on the first floor of the museum, there is a vitrine that holds a small statue of Akhenaten wearing the blue crown and holding an offering table. This vitrine was smashed, and the statue sustained minor damage; this is the first object that will be cleaned and restored. 

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