Sunday, July 11, 2010

Egyptology for Egyptians

Al Ahram Weekly (Zahi Hawass)

In the past Egyptians have not been visible on the surface of Egyptology, but this is finally changing. For the first time Egyptology has begun to be a science performed by and for Egyptians, and for the benefit of Egypt. Egyptians are now in charge of their own antiquities and are making more of their important discoveries. Of course this situation makes many foreign Egyptologists happy, because they are now dealing with people in Egypt who are chosen for their qualifications and are competent to do this work. However, others are not happy, and criticise many of the important things we are trying to do.

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