Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, April 19, 2009

Possibly an archetypal image from FAMSF of Egyptology in the early 21st century - Dr Hawass filming in the Valley of the Kings. This is from 8th April 2009 and looks like it shows the central excavation viewed from in front of the rest house.

So far there are no photos of ongoing excavations but that can take time to appear as most people don't upload photos until they are back home. There are photos from 7th April of the guys trying to reassemble pots - I think they are now a permanent fixture.


Anonymous said...

With the lack of photos of the on going excavations, I wonder if there are signs posted at the entrance of the valley that reads, "NO PHOTOS PERMITTED BEYOND THIS POINT - CAMERAS WILL BE CONFISCATED IF CAUGHT". I say this because of Dr. Hawass' statement on his website posted 4/19/2009, which he states, "The reason that I am the person who makes all announcements concerning newly discovered antiquities in Egypt is that this is my official responsibility as Head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Egyptian Law decrees that I, as Secretary General, am the one to report all new archaeological finds in Egypt. It is an important part of my job to make sure that all information released is correct, and to prevent the dissemination of false or misleading news or speculation." I really think Dr. Hawass is guarding any and all discoveries he's made in the valley. I also think, that any info that is released, will be at a time that will gain the world's attention to benifit Egypt the most. So, by not allowing amature photos to be taken in the area, will help Dr. Hawass in pursuing both obtaining future archaeologiacl funding and to generate increase tourism for the counrty. That's all I have to say at this time.


rymerster said...

The media companies will also demand some exclusivity in exchange for funding excavations. Tourist photos would devalue the footage they would be gathering; just as is the case with magazine deals for celebrity weddings. Good luck to them - better that the media help pay for excavations than them having to come out of the stretched public purse. The only frustration is having to wait for announcements!

Anonymous said...

Of course many people would like to see paymnent for news coverage of Egypt's finds to go to funding the pursuit of knowledge, lets hope none finds its way into the pockets of government officials using their positions to enrich themselves or their careers.

Anonymous said...

Why is hawass always there when nearly all discoveries are done and financed by others - rarely egyptians - there needs to be a plurality of opinion here for proper scholorship


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