Thursday, July 06, 2006

Egypt reappoints Hawass

"Zahi Hawass, Egypt's voluble and media-savvy chief archaeologist, dubbed the King of the Pharaohs, was reappointed head of the country's top antiquities body on Monday. The decision made by Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif came as no surprise after four years of high-profile efforts by Hawass to rejuvenate Egyptology in his home country. . . . The 59-year-old is in theory due to retire next year when he turns 60, but his entourage has not ruled out an extension to his mandate."

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