Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, January 14, 2011

Zahi Hawass is demanding the return of a range of objects from Lord Carnarvon's family which he alleges were removed illegally from Egypt. I had understood that prior to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, sponsors were entitled to a share of the finds. Essentially that is how Egyptology was financed.


Geoff Carter said...

I heard him on BBC radio last year during a visit, having a go at this one. You will never be unpopular having a go at the Brits.
Probably has more chance of patenting the image of pyramid!

Anonymous said...

Surely there are more serious Egyptologists than Zahi Hawass?? Could we hear their comments more often?

Kate Phizackerley said...

Love too but if there's nothing they say online then I cannot report it.

Anonymous said...

Dont stop reporting Hawass's rants Kate they are very entertaining,in fact i would like more of them. Why dont you do his top ten moments daveh

Andie said...

I am sure I read recently that a law had been introduced just before the announcement of the discovery of Tutankhamun which prevented the removal of antiquities from Egypt by foreign excavation teams. If I really did read it (rather than imagine it!) I know which books it is likely to be in so I'll try to dig out the reference if anyone is interested.

Part of the difficulty with reporting Egyptological news without referring constantly to Hawass is that he has been adopted by the European media as a minor celebrity precisely because of the tone of his demands for the repatriation of antiquities. He is also, of course, the mouthpiece for all major discoveries in Egypt which makes him unavoidable if you want to talk about those discoveries. He actually introduced some really good initiatives in Egypt when he was first given tenure, but thanks to his hyperbole these tend to be forgotten.


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