Meet the Archaeologists
Dr. Zahi Hawass
A world-renowned archaeologist and Egyptologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass currently serves as secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities and directs ongoing excavations at Giza, Saqqara and in the Valley of the Kings. He received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied as a Fulbright fellow, and has written numerous scholarly articles and books.
Dr. Hawass has made a number of major discoveries over the course of his long career, including the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza, the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya Oasis and two previously unknown Old Kingdom pyramids. He is currently leading the search for the tombs of several important Egyptian rulers, including Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Ramesses VIII and the queens of the 18th Dynasty. Dr. Hawass also directs the Egyptian Mummy Project (EMP), which uses modern forensic techniques to answer questions about human remains from ancient Egypt. The EMP has successfully identified the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut and is now searching for the family of King Tutankhamen.
As an archaeologist deeply concerned with the protection of Egypt's monuments, Dr. Hawass has supervised conservation projects and site management plans for many historic sites. He has also initiated the construction of 19 new museums throughout the country. Above all, Dr. Hawass has always endeavored to raise public awareness of archaeology and the importance of preserving Egypt's heritage.
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