Saturday, August 27, 2011

More re Abdel Fattah

Bikya Masr (Joseph Mayton)

Abdel Fattah is not a well-known figure across Egypt, but archaeologists told that they believe he will be a solid replacement and is not as controversial as Hawass.

One German researcher in the country said that Abdel Fattah is “known to be a fair and honest man and is open to different opinions, unlike Hawass.”

A number of archaeologists are excited with the change, hoping that it will enable greater discourse, which they say was stifled by Hawass’ rule, where “too often opinions that were not in line with what he [Hawass] thought true were ridiculed and sometimes foreign workers were barred from digging.”

Abdel Fattah told local newspapers that he would complete several unfinished construction projects, while cautioning that others would have to be postponed because of a lack of money.


Stuart Tyler said...

This sounds quite positive. Although these are early reports, it seems that one or two issues from the passed have been addressed.

For a while Fattah will be judged on decisions, so it will be interesting to hear from the man himself.

Thanks for keeping us up to date.

Andie said...

It's a pleasure. I am, of course, absolutely itching for more information!

Anonymous said...

Letting more foreign teams in to mostly preserve and restore but also to excavate would be a very welcome development.

AliceG said...

Wonder if Zahi kept his Explorer in Residence thingie.