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Dr. Zahi Hawass

Archaeologist and Egyptologist

Dr. Zahass is a world-famous Egyptologist and former Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. He received a BA from Alexandria University in Greek and Roman archaeology, a diploma in Egyptology from Cairo University, and an MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied as a Fulbright Fellow. He has made many famous discoveries in Egypt, including the Valley of Golden Mummies at Bahariya and the tombs of the pyramid builders. Recently, he discovered a lost golden city in the Valley of the Kings, which was chosen by Archaeology magazine as the most important discovery of 2021. In January 2023, he announced a major discovery in Saqqara that includes the oldest complete mummy ever found. He has written numerous academic books and scholarly articles on his excavations, including sixteen books about Tutankhamun and many children’s books. He has appeared in documentaries produced by the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, PBS, and Netflix; has received numerous awards and honors, including an Emmy Award for a documentary on ancient Egypt; and was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in 2006. He is a UN ambassador for global cultural heritage and the UN World Tourism Organization’s ambassador for responsible tourism.

Dr. Zahi Hawass
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