Interview with Zahi Hawass

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02008By: Alex Joffe Few individuals are so closely identified with Egypt – and ancient Egypt – as Zahi Hawass. Formerly Minister of State for Antiquities, Hawass has been Chief Inspector and Director of the Giza Plateau, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and has excavated at numerous sites throughout Egypt. He is also the face of Egyptian archaeology, having appeared in countless TV programs that have spread the story of ancient Egypt worldwide. In January Ancient Near East Today editor Alex Joffe had the pleasure of interviewing Hawass in New York City at the opening of the new Discovery of King Tut exhibit. Joffe: King Tut, Tutankamun, why the enduring interest? Hawass: Because of many things. Number one, because he was a boy, he became a king at the age of nine. Number two, his tomb was the only tomb found completely intact, 5,398 objects have been found in these five small rooms. And number three, after the death of Lord Carnarvon, the word, ‘curse of the Pharaohs’ and ‘curse of Tutankamun,’ began to occur, and it created interest in people all over the world. And when I do Skype or any school program the majority of the questions are about Tutankamun. And also every year, there is something new about King Tut, like who murdered King Tut,

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