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Zahi Hawass fired

Egypt's antiquities minister, Zahi Hawass, has been fired due to pressure from critics who attacked his credibility and accused him of being too close to Mubarak's regime. Zahi Hawass, long chided as publicity loving and short on scientific knowledge, lost his job along with about a dozen other ministers in a

Zahi Hawass expresses concern over Central Park Egyptian obelisk

Zahi Hawass, the Secretary General of The Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, has sent a concerned letter to the mayor of New York City and the president of the Central Park Conservancy to express his concern that not enough care is being given to preserve Cleopatra's Needle. I write to

Egyptian discoveries to look forward to in 2011

According to Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, the tomb of King Tut's wife, a buried pyramid, the Great Pyramid's secret doors, and the final resting place of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony are some of the amazing discoveries that may be found in 2011. At the present time,

Egypt wants the Rosetta Stone back

Egypt is preparing a formal request for the return of the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum. Zahi Hawass, the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said he is preparing to "fight" for the restitution of the stone which has been on display in the museum in London since 1802. He

When ancient artifacts become political pawns

The New York Times has an interesting piece about how Egypt's requests for the return of artifacts is motivated by politics as much as it is by culture. Mr. Hawass also recently fired a shot at France, demanding the Louvre return five fresco fragments it purchased in 2000 and 2003 from

Egypt wants bust of Queen Nefertiti back

Keeping with his quest to recover all illegally-exported ancient Egyptian artifacts, Zahi Hawass, the general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, now wants the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti. Culture lovers reveled in the reopening of the Neues Museum in the heart of Berlin on Friday, the culmination of decades

Tracing King Tut’s roots

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, has published an essay discussing King Tut's lineage and how DNA analysis cound help settle some unanswered questions. In an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding King Tut's family and discover the identity of his father, we find that

Pharoah’s tombs to disappear within 150-500 years

According to Zahi Hawass, Egypt's head of antiquities, the pharaonic tombs could disappear in 15-500 years if they remain open to tourists. Zahi Hawass said humidity and fungus are eating into the walls of the royal tombs in the huge necropolis on the west bank of the Nile across from Luxor,

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