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Hawass is a world-renowned archeologist, and serves as the Director of Excavations at
In a meeting in Hawass’ cavernous boardroom, and later, on a tour of his latest dig behind the
During the meeting, students asked questions ranging from the impact of pollution on historical sites to the possible threat of terrorism.
Hawass also discussed the negative impact of tourism on preservation. He demanded an increase in tourism prices, which, he claimed would lower tourist numbers at historic sites, while improving the “kind of tourists”
“Tourists are the enemy of archeology, because there is no communication between tourists and archeologists,” he said. “[Tourists] spend hours inside ancient buildings, and are often careless during their visits.”
Hawass also addressed the importance of promoting Egyptian involvement in preserving ancient sites. Through plans for a children’s museum and classes for adults he hopes to gain the Egyptian public’s interest in antiquities. Moreover, he said he has gained support from celebrities to help promote the importance of maintaining these ancient treasures.
Hawass then invited the students to visit his latest archeological dig near the great pyramids of
“It was my dream to discover the tombs of the workmen who built the pyramids at
Students were amazed at the detailed hieroglyphs inscribed on the walls. Fears escalated as they neared a cursed tomb, and some refused to enter. Later, they looked on awe as another tomb was opened. There lay, in a fetal position, the skeletal remains of a man who had helped build the great pyramids.
Hawass said he’s trying to persuade museums and politicians around the world to return some of