Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Breaking News - Zahi Hawass reappointed as Minister of Antiquities?

Al Masry Al Youm

Dated today, there is an article on Al Masry Al Youm which says that Egypt's interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has appointed Zahi Hawass to the position of head of the new Ministry of Antiquities.

I have not seen this confirmed by Egyptian sources (particularly Hawass himself). I'll post more when I hear anything.

This story comes as Egyptian archaeologists threaten to strike over the unfilled position and Nevine El-Aref in Al Ahram Weekly points to the potentially dire consequences of leaving the position unfilled.


AliceG said...

Give me a break! You mean he just wanted to be begged? Of course he did.

Anonymous said...

corruption and stupidity still hold on in Egypt.

Anonymous said...

this is great news, they need someone who can take on the tomb robbers and plunders. Hawass has a track record of removing structures deliberately erected above tombs in order that tombs can be dug down to and plundered.

Anonymous said...

How much did it cost him to be reinstated?
Surely there must be someone else more qualified for the job.

AliceG said...

I don't think anybody would be more qualified than Zahi. It's just that he's such a........... I won't say it, Andie, I'll be good. But if we thought he was a pain in the butt before, look out world it's not going to do anything except get worse. If somebody would just knock some humility into him.

David Kessler Author said...

Given the size of the great Zahi Hawass's ego, I hope he won't be offended by the portrayal of the fictitious head of the SCA in Adam Palmer's Moses Legacy.