Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, July 22, 2011

Dr Hawass has confirmed his retirement to the New York Times indicating that he is looking forwards to life as a private person as a scholar and writer.   I guess that makes him an amateur Egyptologist along with many of the rest of us - not a group he has admired in the past :)

It will be interesting to see his plans.  My guess it will be media work if he can get it, rather than writing - and I suspect the Discovery Channel will keep using him if it gets the ratings.  In the past he has insisted that the Secretary General reports all new developments so he won't have the new discoveries for is documentaries any more.  He might break the rules though.  If there are un-announced discoveries he will probably wish to be involved. I suspect he will remain a popular media figure and enjoy that side of his life.

As to what happens to the SCA, that concerns us more.  There are reports questioning the legal status of the Ministry of Antiquities during its brief existence so that will be something to watch.  The Ministry has now been disbanded and the SCA reports to the Prime Minister directly.

The foreign missions should get going again. maybe this winter but some may take a sabbatical if the situation is fluid.  It may take some time before any new Egyptian missions are planned and get underway.  Unless there is anything pending, then for the next few months we may continue to have more political than archaeological news.


Dennis said...

One wonders where Zahi what percent of his income came from media and speaking tours prior to retiring. I agree that the lack of insider knowledge is a problem but he has insider friends.

Stephanie said...

Somehow I don`t like this mysterious silence which again surrounds Hawass.

We`ve had this before, and then he had just popped up as if nothing had happened.

Are we rid of him or not?

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