Thread: Zahi Hawass
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Old 01-13-2018, 07:14 PM   #134
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... but seriously, folks. It appears that Hawass has survived the tectonic shift in Egyptian politics by making himself increasingly irrelevant to Egyptology, and morphing into the trademarked spokesman for Egyptian archaeo-tourism (IT'S SAFE!!!). At US$6K a pop.

So he disses the muon detectors in language that makes me think he doesn't understand the technology or the preliminary results, while the current Antiquities Minister is totally on board with it. Each is contributing in his way, to complementary constituencies-- tourists and researchers.

Still, I give Hawass credit for fostering a cadre of Egyptian-born Egyptologists, and breaking the centuries-old stranglehold of (mostly) British and French cultural imperialism. Now they can step out of the shadow of his monumental ego as well.
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