A Revolution In Egyptology: Zahi Hawass Has Finally Gone

Zahi HawassFor most people, Zahi Hawass, star of his own cable TV series, purveyor of his own line of Indiana Jones-style wide-brimmed hats, and most prominently the man in charge of all the top cultural sites in Egypt, personified the swashbuckling adventurer of yore, determined to protect and cherish the many wonders of Ancient Egypt.

There was another side to Dr. Hawass, however, and his reactionary and sometimes capricious rulings on who could visit and research the sites were the stuff of legend among Egyptologists outside of his approved, establishment allies.

I’m a little skeptical that his resignation is anything more than a power play and suspect that he may very well make a well-staged, dramatic comeback — but if he really has gone for good, I’m hopeful that we may enter into a new era of breakthrough research in Egypt (perhaps from some of the great alternative researchers such as Andrew Collins, Ahmed Osman, John Anthony West and Robert Bauval).

Here’s the story on his resignation, in the New York Times:

Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s powerful and controversial antiquities chief, resigned on Thursday along with the prime minister, after posting on his Web site for the first time a list of dozens of sites that have been looted since the beginning of the uprising that led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.

Reached by telephone, Mr. Hawass said he was happy that he had made the “right decision” in resigning and lashed out at colleagues who have criticized him, including one who has accused him of smuggling antiquities.

Among the places Mr. Hawass named as having been looted were the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s storerooms at its excavation site in Dahshur, south of Cairo. In a statement the Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell, described that incident as having taken place several weeks ago…

[continues in the New York Times]

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  • Zahisucksdonkeys

    I really hope this douche nozzle is gone for good. I have actually been to the pyramids and have been inside. This guy stood in the way and blocked any research that went against what he believed. He still stands by the bullshit theory that the blocks were drug up a giant ramp! If you have been there you know how absurd the idea of dragging 2.5 ton to 75 ton blocks up a giant ramp is, especially when the only material for building the ramp was sand and the blocks come from a quarry 500 miles away.

  • Zahisucksdonkeys

    I really hope this douche nozzle is gone for good. I have actually been to the pyramids and have been inside. This guy stood in the way and blocked any research that went against what he believed. He still stands by the bullshit theory that the blocks were drug up a giant ramp! If you have been there you know how absurd the idea of dragging 2.5 ton to 75 ton blocks up a giant ramp is, especially when the only material for building the ramp was sand and the blocks come from a quarry 500 miles away.

  • Bronzeman

    While attending the recent Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles I asked Giogio Tsoukalos of Legendary Times Magazine and Ancient Aliens History Channel what would happen to Hawass now that a new boss is in control. He said “Hawass is gone”. Nice call Giorgio!!

    This is a very good sign. Hopefully the new boss won’t be the same as the old boss.

  • Bronzeman

    While attending the recent Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles I asked Giogio Tsoukalos of Legendary Times Magazine and Ancient Aliens History Channel what would happen to Hawass now that a new boss is in control. He said “Hawass is gone”. Nice call Giorgio!!

    This is a very good sign. Hopefully the new boss won’t be the same as the old boss.

  • quartz99

    He should try to get his own show on the History channel or some Europe/African equivalent channel. He may have stood in the way of a lot of research (and I’m hoping with him gone the next person doesn’t do the same), but one thing you must give him credit for is his showmanship. He drew a lot of attention to Egypt’s history in a popular way to non-Egyptians and if he truly wants to continue promoting Egypt, that would be a way he could do so that would be even more effective and a lot more suited to him.

  • Anonymous

    He should try to get his own show on the History channel or some Europe/African equivalent channel. He may have stood in the way of a lot of research (and I’m hoping with him gone the next person doesn’t do the same), but one thing you must give him credit for is his showmanship. He drew a lot of attention to Egypt’s history in a popular way to non-Egyptians and if he truly wants to continue promoting Egypt, that would be a way he could do so that would be even more effective and a lot more suited to him.

  • Quais

    I really hope someone better is chosen to be in charge. The last person I want to see research from on and in the pyramids is Robert Bauval! The Conscious Life Expo is a great place to get brain-washed…

  • Quais

    I really hope someone better is chosen to be in charge. The last person I want to see research from on and in the pyramids is Robert Bauval! The Conscious Life Expo is a great place to get brain-washed…

  • Anonymous

    I’m a little skeptical that his resignation is anything more than a power play.

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  • Gregory

    Good riddance. Jerk.

  • Gregory

    Good riddance. Jerk.

  • Attorianzo

    Hawass will get what he deserves. Come and visit Bosnian pyramids: http//www.bosnian-pyramid.com

  • Attorianzo

    Hawass will get what he deserves. Come and visit Bosnian pyramids: http//www.bosnian-pyramid.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HDYUCLR7KT6TYUTKZADXXFCQMQ Alex Goldberg

    This motherfucker needs to be crucified.He did not resign.According to Robert Bauval he was given a choice to walk or be arrested. He has also been given a chance to appeal before a hearing committee.The egotistic bitch scanned a copy of the hearing notice which was in arabic and posted it on his blog claiming that he was being reinstated to his previous post.I swear to Akhenaten that if I see this motherfucker in person I will punch a hole in his fucking mouth.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HDYUCLR7KT6TYUTKZADXXFCQMQ Alex Goldberg

    This motherfucker needs to be crucified.He did not resign.According to Robert Bauval he was given a choice to walk or be arrested. He has also been given a chance to appeal before a hearing committee.The egotistic bitch scanned a copy of the hearing notice which was in arabic and posted it on his blog claiming that he was being reinstated to his previous post.I swear to Akhenaten that if I see this motherfucker in person I will punch a hole in his fucking mouth.

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