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    Map of the Tomb

    Interactive
    360° Tour of Egypt

    Make a Mummy

    Dispatches
    Ancient Tomb
    Opened on Live TV


    An Ancient Oasis
    Is Rediscovered


    Producing TV From
    The Middle of Nowhere


    Egypt Has a Long
    History of Grave Robbers


    Disturbing the Dead

    The Pyramids and Sphinx

    Photo Essays
    Cemetery of Anubis

    Tomb Raiders

    Pyramids in Giza

    Cairo Marketplace

    Egyptian Treasures

    Egyptian Pyramids

    Mummy Dearest

    Death Masks

    Related Stories
    Bahariya Circa World
    War II: From English House
    to English Patient


    The Embalming Industry:
    Mummification for Faith
    and Profit


    Bahariya Has Much to Tell
    of Greco-Roman Egypt


    Greco-Roman Egypt Was
    a Culture in Transition


    Background
    Information

    Timeline

    Map of Bahariya

    Biography: Hugh Downs

    Biography: Zahi Hawass

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    Link to Dr. Hawass' Site

  • Biography: Zahi Hawass

    Dr. Zahi Hawass is known as the Keeper of the Pyramids. As the undersecretary of the State for the Giza Monuments, he is charged with protecting and conserving Egypt's historical artifacts. Despite this huge task, Hawass writes dozens of articles each year, acts as a consultant, teaches, lectures, and heads several archaeological boards and committees.

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    Born in Damietta, Egypt, in 1947, Hawass left home at 16 to study law at the University of Alexandria. After realizing that he did not want to be a lawyer, he joined a new department, archaeology — despite never having heard of the discipline.

    In 1971, after several disappointing years working in this field, Hawass participated in his first "real" dig at Kom Abu Bello and fell in love with archaeology. He earned his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and his Ph.D. in 1987.

    Now, often seen wearing a wide-brimmed felt hat and jeans, Hawass works in restoration and excavations. Of his abundant work at Giza, he is especially proud of an excavation that began in 1990 at a tomb southeast of the pyramids. His team discovered a village — the homes of those who built the pyramids. The find has turned on its head the idea that the pyramids were built by slaves, because it indicates that free workers and skilled craftsmen were the actual builders.

    Hawass's most recent books are Silent Images: Women in Pharaonic Egypt and The Secrets of the Sphinx: Restoration Past and Present.