Friday, March 04, 2005

King Tutanhkhamun Controversy
Zahi Hawass uses his regular Al Ahram slot to fire a few volleys back over the net at those who have attacked the recent re-examination of Tutankhamun's mummy. As usual, he doesn't hold back. Just to give you a flavour of it: "Four Egyptian individuals objected to the recent examination of King Tut. Their objection was not based on scientific evidence. Rather, one of the objectors wanted his name in the media and used his objection as an excuse to be in the newspapers. The second was upset because in the past he had wanted to do DNA testing on the mummy but the minister of culture, Farouk Hosni, refused his request because DNA testing had not been found to be accurate when dealing with mummies. He was therefore upset that another team was being allowed to do an examination of the mummy. This person acted like the devil. When he was on TV, his face was filled with fire, jealousy and hatred. It was a case of sour grapes". And he goes on from there.

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