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Zahi Hawass: A Profile

The San Francisco Examiner has posted an interesting profile on Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s antiquities chief.

Hawass’ master plan includes the construction of 19 new museums in Egypt, the eventual closing of tourist-beleaguered attractions such as Tut’s tomb (with a precisely rendered replica as a replacement lure) and the cleaning of the pyramids. Only 30 percent of ancient Egyptian artifacts, he believes, have been discovered. The work to be done is enormous, unending, all-consuming. When Hawass speaks of himself as living in the time of the pharaohs or recounts his dreams of dancing with mummies, it sounds like the natural expression of a focused, fully integrated personality.

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