Posts Tagged ‘Supreme Council of Antiquities’

zahbey-tabZahi Hawass has never been terribly shy about sharing his opinion, and by now everyone with even a peripheral interest in either Egyptology or R&B music has heard about the Beyonce incident.  But while most coverage has ranged from treating Dr. Hawass like an irascible uncle to bemoaning his lack of diplomacy, there is a larger story broiling beneath what otherwise appears to be a clash between a frustrated host and a spoiled Western Diva.

With timing that could be considered an example of instant karma, the November 16, 2009, issue of The New Yorker hit newsstands with a ten-page article by Ian Parker that asks “Is Zahi Hawass bad for Egyptology?

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jean-pierre-tabThe Great Pyramid of Khufu has baffled professional Egyptologists and everyday people for millennia, but architect Jean-Pierre Houdin has proposed what many feel is the most likely, and certainly the most sensible, theory about the construction of Khufu’s Pyramid to date.  This week France-5 of France Télévision aired a new documentary on Jean-Pierre Houdin’s work called Khéops Révélé.

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8
Oct

Zahi Hawass to the Louvre: Rester Dehors!

   Posted by: Keith Payne

   in Egypt in the News

louv-tabDr. Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities has drawn a line in the sand in another fight for the repatriation of artifacts.  France’s Louvre Museum has been told in effect to stay out of Egypt until they return four stelae that have been connected to the looting of an Eighteenth Dynasty noble tomb.

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6
Oct

Squelching Scholarship? The Case of Ahmed Saleh

   Posted by: Keith Payne

   in Egypt in the News

rms1b-tabOctober just got busier for Egypt’s prize fighter, Zahi Hawass, as another contender steps forward.  The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has taken up the cause of one of his subordinates at the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), charging Hawass with using his position to muzzle dissenting opinions.

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zahi-indyIt has been nearly a month now since Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced that in one month he would reveal “the exact reason why King Tut died.” 

The title of the lecture was Mysteries of Tutankhamun Revealed.  I was in attendance, and among the most exciting revelations were promises to reveal more revelations in the very near future.

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wot-tabIf I were a stockbroker and Nefertiti was a commodity, I would be advising my clients to buy.  Dr. Zahi Hawass’ last year with the Supreme Council of Antiquities promises to be an interesting one, with robots crawling the Great Pyramid, mummies in CT scanners, and rumors of KV64.

But somehow Nefertiti seems to keep slipping back into the story.

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31
Aug

Blogroll Roundup for August 31, 2009

   Posted by: Keith Payne

   in Egypt in the News

King Tut’s ET jewelry, News from the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Ramesses II in the Quran, Seti I, more mummy forensics, museum coming attractions…

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