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Author Topic: Zahi Hawass  (Read 9658 times)

Offline NeferuHethert

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Zahi Hawass
« on: May 30, 2010, 12:32:48 pm »
Em hotep!

Here's a link to a new article about Zahi Hawass, that ubiquitous head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities who is always in the news. There are some interesting comments about his quest for the repatriation of artifacts, and the impact he has had on the attitude of modern-day Egyptians towards their ancient heritage.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,697174,00.html

Enjoy!
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Offline NiankhSekhmet

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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2010, 01:18:22 pm »
An excellent article, Kai Imakhu Neferu! Thank you for sharing it. :)
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Offline Senushemi

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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2010, 06:57:48 pm »
Great fun to read.  The paragraph about Zahi sniffing the mummy of Rameses I is vintage Zahi, to me.
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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2010, 03:54:36 am »
I don't like that guy...I find him an obstacle for explorations of any kind that are not his idea. Although he has done a lot in preserving of old monumments for future generation.
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Offline Sehedjef

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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2010, 07:37:49 am »
Thanks for the article KI Neferu!  ^_^

Zahi is definitely a polarizing figure.  Flamboyant and a nuisance, but he does get results when it comes to getting cultural artifacts back from other countries, regardless of how they were obtained.

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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2010, 09:03:55 pm »
Em Hotep!

For anyone interested he has a show on the History Channel (which airs in Wednesday nights) called "Chasing Mummies".  I've watched a little but found his attitude towards his students to be somewhat patronizing because he makes remarks about their personalities which are slightly insulting. Nevertheless there is some interesting commentary on how he does what he does and footage of different tombs and what an egyptologist's job is comprised of.

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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2010, 10:13:45 pm »
I have been following this series with great interest.  Last night we went into the fifth program, I think.

Over the weeks we watched a special student, one of a few students who were to intern with Zahi Hawass for six months.

We saw a girl named Zoe, whom Dr. Hawass calls Zowie, and who calls Dr. Hawass, Dr. Hawash, get caught by a rock on her foot under the step pyramid the first week, and then go on to involuntarily piddle in the King's chamber of the Great Pyramid the second week.

Next came the raising from part of Cleopatra's pylon from the bay in Alexandria, followed by the repatriation of a part of an offering table from Karnak.

Each week there is a little less hollering and insulting going on and a bit more substance to the show.  It is worth it to watch it if only to see little known areas like the basement of the Cairo Museum.

Offline NiankhSekhmet

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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2010, 01:17:02 am »
Zahi Hawass is a showman, a scholar, he is responsible for the cultural heritage of his country  - which we all love, and he can be a real jerk at times.  It's a given that in order to get anything done in Egypt, you have to play ball with Zahi, or you aren't playing - end of story. He is extremely opinionated, his office is sitting on probably ten years worth of "discoveries" that Zahi releases only when he believes he isn't getting enough eyeballs on himself and his endeavors.  And yet, he has done more toward making Egyptians proud of their own heritage, gotten valuable artifacts back from museums via any means available including blackmailing France into giving back some of the objects in the Louvre.

I'm just curious as to whether anyone actually done an iography on the man?  That might prove to be quite interesting to say the least! Gee, I wonder if Zahi would cooperate? He just might, given his penchant for unabashed self-promotion! ;)
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Offline Linda

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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2010, 04:37:29 am »
I wonder if the series will be shown in the UK? I'd love to watch it, so I'll have to keep a close lookout for it on the History Channel (and keep my fingers crossed!). :grin:
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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2010, 05:23:59 am »
Em Hotep:

You could always go to Hulu.com and watch it for free.  It helps if you have a broadband connection.
Here's the link:   Chasing Mummies

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Offline Tanebet

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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2010, 05:32:53 am »
Unfortunately Hulu often doesn't work for people outside the US
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Offline Linda

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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2010, 12:37:26 pm »
I'm sure that it'll come on the History Channel in UK some time. :) At least now I know what to look out for.
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Offline NeferuHethert

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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2010, 02:34:04 pm »
I agree with everything you've said about Zahi, Kai-Imakhu. He is extremely charismatic (I've seen him speak in person) and is *quite* the showman. It must not be easy working with him, though.

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Offline Sedjemes

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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2010, 02:52:44 pm »
Hotep!

I actually would love meeting Zahi in person some day and listening to him talk about his passion for Egypt and its archaeology.
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Re: Zahi Hawass
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2010, 03:20:14 pm »
I know at one point, many years ago, Dr. Hawass taught a class in Egyptology at UCLA. Wonder if he'd ever consider doing so again.

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