Titled Golden Mummies: What Happened To The Indiana Jones Of Egypt?, it nicely summarizes what happened to Zahi Hawass since the Arab Spring, and what his prospects are under a potentially new institutionalised Islamic Republic of Egypt lead by the current generation of the Muslim Brotherhood. While the summary is comprehensive and well sourced, featuring comments by Dieter Arnold, Head of the Met’s Egypt Department, it should be noted that any ideas of an "Iran 2.0" occuring in Egypt are still nowhere on the horizon.
Recently heard on Coast to Coast AM Dr.Hawass is residing some where in the continental United States the interviewer could get no further info from guest, the guest stated Zahi was trying to get back into the good graces of the ruling party but we will see as they say
14 days, 700 people, and after hours tours of both the Egyptian Museum and the Great Pyramid. You'd need private tour hours with 700 people along. However, they are opening two closed areas in the Great Pyramid for this group, including the subterranean chamber, which I've always wanted to see.
Information in English appears to be scant on the actual show thus far, but Dr. Hawass appears to be doing some promotional work for his new teevee show* -- Revealer of Secrets. Cairo Scene has a lengthy interview with the good doctor in which expounds his theory on, well, everything.
* - The 16-part programme appears to have begin airing last October throughout the Arab speaking world.
Originally Posted by Eihab Boraie
Sitting under an iconic poster of himself, behind a desk cluttered with mountainous files of yellow paper, Dr. Zahi Hawass is in the middle of penning a letter using what he proudly tells me is specially imported paper and pen. Refusing to use computers, Hawass is old school, leading some to believe he is Ancient Egypt's mythbuster while others argue he is an out-of-touch obstructionist.
... 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.
I watched him lecture to a private audience. Seemed like a great guy.
I had my picture taken with him a couple years ago. I also had the opportunity to approach him and volunteer my services to him on a project he was working on but I just didn't have time. Wished I had.