Sunday, May 28, 2006

Zahi Hawass on KV63

Zahi Hawass's Dig Days column pulls no punches again this week: "Before the discovery of KV 63, the Valley of the Kings had been silent for 83 years, three months and six days since the magical day when Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the golden boy-king Tutankhamun. The discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun gave birth to the so-called curse of the Pharaoh. One of the curses attributed to the discovery of Tutankhamun was the dismissal of Howard Carter. He was expelled from Egypt by Marcos Pasha Hana, the minister of education who was in charge of antiquities; because he did not open the tomb for Egyptian dignitaries and prevented the press from visiting the tomb. The tomb of King Tutankhamun was huge, and many curses followed its discovery.
However the KV 63 find is a relatively small discovery and therefore only small curses have occurred, such as the fight between the two fine Egyptologists Otto Schaden and Lorilei Cocoran. They both want to be director of the excavation. They even argue over who can give interviews."
See the above page for more.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pretty disgracefull of the Hatman