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Zahi Hawass Archaeologist

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Audiences worldwide know Zahi Hawass, former Secretary General Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, as a real Indiana Jones, an archaeologist whose 30-plus year career has yielded many spectacular discoveries, including the November 2008 discovery of a 4,300-year-old buried pyramid in Saqqara, Egypt.

Hawass’ first major discovery was the Valley of the Golden Mummies, a vast Greco-Roman necropolis near the Baharia Oasis. He has also shed light on the mysteries of the pyramids of Giza through his discovery and excavation on the Cemetery of the Pyramid Builders and his exploration of the secret tunnels inside the Great Pyramid. As director of the Egyptian Mummy Project, which is using modern forensic techniques to study human remains from ancient Egypt, Hawass recently succeeded in identifying the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut. He has also conducted research into the many questions surrounding the family of King Tutankhamun, and is searching for the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. He also heads the first all-Egyptian team ever to excavate in the Valley of the Kings. One of ancient Egypt’s most charismatic spokespeople, this National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Emeritus is a highly sought-after speaker who lectures worldwide.

Popular Presentations

The Story of King Tut
Recent CT scans of the King Tut mummy revealed intriguing new details about the boy king’s life. Hawass, who oversaw the project, takes you on a guided tour.

Secrets From the Sand
This lecture focuses on discoveries from other sites in Egypt, including the Valley of the Golden Mummies, the discovery of the Temple of Min, and three tombs at Giza and Bahariya, thought to contain gold and precious artifacts, along with his latest discoveries from the Valley of the Kings.

Learn More About Zahi:

Explorer-in-Residence Profile

Zahi Hawass

Time: The People Who Shape Our World

NG News: King Tut Mysteries Solved

Photo: Zahi

Listen to Radio Interview With Zahi Hawass

Boyd Matson Interviews Zahi for NG Weekend Radio Show

  • Photo: King Tut
    NGM: King Tut’s Family Secrets (September 2010)

    DNA evidence reveals the truth about the boy king’s parents and new clues to his untimely death.

  • Photo: Pyramid
    Chasing Mummies

    Zahi Hawass, star of the new History Channel series Chasing Mummies, talks about the passion and drive required to make extraordinary discoveries.

    Photograph by Jennylynn Fields/National Geographic Stock

  • Photo: King Tut
    King Tut

    The exhibition includes approximately 130 objects from the tomb of King Tut and other Valley of the Kings ancestors.

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