Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, April 01, 2011

It's official. Zahi's confirmed it. It's April Fools Day. Enough said really.

I wanted someone new, someone who has a more inclusive style, more transparent communications. But the vacuum has been very bad for sites and an appointment was needed.

It is only for 6 months of course until the next election when we will probably go round the circus again.

22 comments:

tim said...

Zahi is not a bad choice as he has connections internationally that may well be of service in his present work of getting control of and preserving Egypt's archaeological sites, but I do hope that he will retire in the fall.

Unfortunately no one else in the antiquities service appears to have come forward and this period of Egyptian archaeology cannot belong to the timid!

Thutmose said...

They needed to get someone in there now to provide for a level of stability and continuity. Right now, the important thing is to get someone in charge. I only hope that he will have enough support behind him to get the situation completely under control.

Stuart Tyler said...

Happy April fools day everyone.

Is the 6 month period mentioned a guarentee? Will the post be reviewed after this period? I have not seen that mentioned before (or have missed it). Thanks

Stuart

Stephanie said...

I think Hawass never really meant to resign, it was just a show. And unfortunately the new PM helped him with staying in his office by not appointing a minister for Antiquities straight away. That`s the way I see it.
And I bet his hat that in a few months time he will be member of the new government, too.

Anonymous said...

MSNBC news reported this PM that Zahi Hawass has discovered a new tomb with inscriptions belonging to Cleopatra. While kicking camel dung toward a worker blocking his path Dr Hawass' foot discovered a stone step at the tomb entrance. Dr Hawass translated the inscriptions for reporters in his party. The worker, unharmed, was able to duck into the tomb entrance uncovered in previous seasons. The worker later reported that he was happy about the discovery of what was previously thought by archeologists to be a third dynasty noble tomb.

Geoff Carter said...

This is great news for the hundreds of students he apparently promised jobs to.[!]

Stephanie said...

Here we go again....

@anon
Could you manage to give the exact address to the article you mentioned?
When I searched msnbc for it I only came about older stuff from 2009 or so.

Anonymous said...

Do not believe everything you read on the first of April. Remember the quotation for "Pudden Head" Wilson's calendar.

Ken said...

I couldn't find it either Stephanie. A brief search reveals that many news agencies have reported the discovery of Cleopatra's tomb several times in 2008-2010. *sigh*


Ken

Stephanie said...

Ken, it looks like we`ve been fooled.
It was the 1st April.
See anonymous second post.

But then the story really is like him....
well made up.

Roger said...

Oh my goodness me - it looks like it is not a joke.

See his website.

Roger said...

IE:

http://www.drhawass.com/

Anonymous said...

The fact that he lied about the Tutankhamun objects being stolen, the fact that he closed the museum to outsiders checking until enough time had elapsed for the objects to be safely taken out of the country and sold, the fact that the Head of the Cairo Museum was replaced by one of his employees, seems to be forgotten or overlooked. There are numerous
persons capable of taking on this job, but, as usual, all are kept out of the media so that the man in the street only knows one name.
KMTScribe

Roger said...

No doubt now, see:

http://www.cabinet.gov.eg/Cabinet/Cabinet.aspx

His title is:
Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs

Stephanie said...

His re-appointment surely wasn`t a joke though I wish it was.
I referred to the story of Hawass kicking camel-dung and accidentally discovering Cleo`s tomb as april fool.

Roger Hubert said...

A shell game? Musical chairs? When there suddenly appeared an added list of lesser stolen objects from same broken cases in Cairo Museum, a red flag went up in my mind. And on cue, the sudden magic of police recovering these same additional stolen objects? Did anyone dare think these added "stolen" objects were a scam, so it would look good to have a quick success for appearing to "recover" museum objects?
Dr. Hawass has fumbled credibility so bad, anything he says can be taken as April Fool's all year long. Sad to even imagine insiders playing with the media, but lack of credibility, fishy facts, flip-flopping, and horrid curatorship records for this day in age under Hawass, hurts all the careful work of serious Egyptology.
Not to mention the multi-billions of monies which the antiquities of Egypt bring into disappearing coffers each year. The world gets pencil sketches to describe stolen items, and barely more than street urchins guard the halls and temples. Hawass can't be dumb to this starving the stewardship of their golden goose. For him to continue to rule this roost, is as sinking sand to all gains.
Dr. Hawass could be super as a passionate Public Relations man for dancing the world to every possible hope of discovery. Let him be the Indiana Jones zooming and promoting and thrilling us all, as he is a master of this, and loves this aspect of showmanship. Let him keep his hat and aim the spotlights, but at the controls of serious science, let Dr. Hawass pass the keys.
Roger Hubert

Ashlyn said...

Well said Roger!

Stephanie said...

The problem is that he won`t hand the keys over to anyone.

Roger said...

As an occasional contributor, my problem with the blog is that it does not aspire to change anything in the real world. But people of immense knowledge and ability are involved.

Is anyone in your wealth of contribitutors willing and able to format an on-line petition to DrH (copy to the Egypt PM - most important) saying congratulations, but what international independant observers such as we want from you is......

Kate Phizackerley said...

I did promote the petition and sought donations to the Amarna Project. It is always a question of balance and for this blog light feels best to me, but I am always willing to listen to views and adapt to any consensus.

Patrick said...

Travelling museum on the Revolution! Not bad for someone who supported Mubarak up to the last minute:
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/9511/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Exhibition-of-the-Egyptian-revolution-to-tour-Euro.aspx

Stephanie said...

First thing on his to-do-list: provide yourself with a fresh image, that always helps.

Search

Admin Control Panel