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Zahi Hawass Biography

Zahi Hawass is an Egyptian archaeologist, an Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. He has also worked at archaeological sites in the Nile Delta, the Western Desert, and the Upper Nile Valley.

Zahi Hawass Early life

Hawass was born in a small village near Damietta, Egypt. Although he originally dreamed of becoming an attorney, he obtained a bachelor of arts degree in Greek and Roman Archaeology from Alexandria University in Alexandria, Egypt in 1967.  In 1979, Hawass earned a diploma in Egyptology from Cairo University.

Zahi Hawass Education

Hawass worked at the Great Pyramids as an inspector—a combination of administrator and archaeologist. When he was 33 years old, Hawass was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to study Egyptology. He has earned a master of arts degree in Egyptology and Syro-Palestinian Archaeology in 1983, and his Ph.D.  In Egyptology in 1987 from the Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World (AAMW), concentrating on “The Funerary Establishments of Khufu, Khafra and Menkaura During the Old Kingdom.”

Zahi Hawass Career

Early career

He was the Egyptian archaeology, history, and culture at the American University in Cairo.  He has described his efforts as trying to help institute a systematic program for the preservation and restoration of historic monuments.  When he was improving their expertise on methods of excavation, retrieval, and preservation.

Chief Inspector at Giza

Zahi was appointed to the position of chief inspector of the Giza Pyramid Plateau but left in the position in 1993- according to a resignation.  In early 1994 he was reinstated as an inspector. He was appointed as the director of the Giza Plateau and in 2002 as a  Secretary-General of the Egyptian Supreme  Council OF Antiquities.

Claimed discoveries

He is responsible for many recent discoveries the tombs of the pyramid builders of Giza and the valley of Golden Mummies of  Bahariya. Later he uncovered the satellite pyramid of Khufu. As a member of the National Geographic Society –sponsored Egyptian Mummy Project to learn more about patterns of disease, health, and mortality in ancient  Egypt. Zahi led a  team that  CT Scanned the mummy of king  Tutankhum. His team is continuing to  CT scan mummies, both royal and private. He had hoped to solve some of the mysteries surrounding the lives and deaths of such important figures as Hatshepsut and  Nefertiti.

Obama visit

When U.S. President Barack Obama was in Cairo in June 2009, Hawass gave him personal tours of the sites of ancient Egypt. At the end of 2009, he was promoted by President Hosni Mubarak to the post of Vice Minister of Culture.

2011 protest vandalism
On January 29, 2011, in the midst of the Egyptian protests of that year, Hawass arrived at the Egyptian Museum to find that a number of cases had been broken into and a number of antiquities damaged, so police were brought in to secure the museum. According to Andrew Lawler, reporting for Science, Hawass “faxed a colleague in Italy that 13 cases were destroyed. ‘My heart is broken and my blood is boiling,’ the… archaeologist lamented.” Hawass later told The New York Times that thieves looking for gold broke 70 objects, including two sculptures of Tutankhamen, and took two skulls from a research lab, before being stopped as they left the museum.

Minister of Antiquities
He was appointed Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, a newly created cabinet post, by Mubarak on January 31, 2011, as part of a cabinet shake-up during the 2011 Egyptian protests. A press release including a statement from Hawass stated that he “will continue excavating, writing books, and representing his country,” ensuring that archaeological sites in Egypt were being safeguarded and looted objects returned. Regarding the Egyptian Museum looting, he said that “The museum was dark and the nine robbers did not recognize the value of what was in the vitrines.

Post-ministerial positions

Hawass has since begun working as a lecturer in Egypt and around the world and promoting Egypt’s tourism globally in cooperation with the country’s Ministry of Tourism. He also writes weekly articles in various newspapers and magazines and continues working as an archaeologist and consultant.

Zahi Hawass Age

He was born on May 28, 1947, in Damietta, the Kingdom of Egypt, he is aged 72 years as of 2019.

Zahi Hawass  Wife

Hawass has married his lovely wife Fekhira.

Zahi Hawass Net Worth

Hawass is earning an estimated net worth of $1.9 Million.

Zahi Hawass Books

This is a self-published list, dated to 2008, of all books and other works where Egyptologist Zahi Hawass has appeared as author or editor. Zahi Hawass usually does not write his own books; this fact is commonly known in the Egyptology community. The list is in chronological order.

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass

Hawass, who heads the ScanPyramids science committee, said, “The pyramid is full of voids and that does not mean there is a secret chamber or a new discovery.” An Egyptian archaeologist overseeing a project to scan a pyramid for voids on November 4 criticized the announcement of a discovery of a passenger plane-sized cavity in the Great Pyramid. Scientists with the ScanPyramids project revealed on November 2 that the void discovered with subatomic particle scans was the first major structure found inside the pyramid since the 19th century.

It is thought to be at least 30 meters long and located above the “Grand Gallery” — a sloped corridor almost 50 meters long and 9 meters high which links Khufu’s burial chamber at the pyramid’s center to a tunnel leading outside. The findings were published by the science journal Nature.

But Zahi, who heads the ScanPyramids science committee overseeing the project, said there was no new “discovery”. He said he had met other scientists from ScanPyramids who “showed us their conclusions, and we informed them this is not a discovery,” he told AFP. “The pyramid is full of voids and that does not mean there is a secret chamber or a new discovery,” he said. “The project has to proceed in a scientific way that follows the steps of scientific research and its discussion before publication,” he added.

Where Is Zahi Hawass Now

Egyptian archaeologist Zahi, Egypt’s former head of antiquities, speaks in front of the Great Pyramid, built by Cheops, known locally as Khufu in Giza, Egypt, Thursday, June 2, 2016. A scientific team scanning the Great Pyramid aimed at discovering the famed pharaonic monument’s secrets including possible hidden burial chambers.

What mysteries might still be hidden under Egypt’s pyramids? A team accompanied by Egypt’s former antiquities minister and famed archaeologist. Zahi is testing a new scanner on the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday, hoping that modern technology could help unlock ancient secrets buried deep beneath the stone. The scanner, which uses subatomic particles known as muons to examine the 4,500-year-old burial structure, was first set up at the site last year and will complete its data collection this month.

“It’s running right now, and if it manages to detect one of the three chambers we already know exist inside, then we will continue the scans,” Hawass said. He has been appointed by the Antiquities Ministry to head the team that will review the scan results. Later thermal scanning identified a major anomaly in the pyramid — three adjacent stones at its base which registered higher temperatures than others.

Zahi Hawass Hat

According to Zahi’s Facebook, you can buy a replica of his hat and part of the proceeds will go to defeat cancer in collaboration with Shefa al Orman Hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions About Zahi Hawass

Who is Zahi?

Zahi Hawass is one of the Egyptian archaeologists, an Egyptologist, and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs.

How old is Zahi?

He was born on May 28, 1947, in Damietta, the Kingdom of Egypt, he is aged 72 years as of 2019.

How tall is Zahi?

He has not shared his height with the public. His height will be listed once we have it from a credible source.

Is Zahi married?

Hawass has married his lovely wife Fekhira.

How much is Zahi worth?

He is earning an estimated net worth of  $1.9 Million.

How much does Zahi make?

According to is reliable resources, Zahi’s annual salary has not yet been revealed to the public.

Where does Zahi live?

Information is not Available.

Is Zahi dead or alive?

Zahi is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him being sick or having any health-related issues.

Where is Zahi now?

Not  Known.

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