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First Tut, now Cleo in Dr Zahi's sights
iol | August 17 2006 | Shaun Smillie

Posted on 08/18/2006 10:51:31 AM PDT by Alex1977

In little over two months, famed Egyptologist Dr Zahi Hawass hopes to unearth the discovery of his lifetime: the tomb of one of history's greatest women, Cleopatra.

The celebrity archaeologist, who is on a whistle stop lecture tour of South Africa, said that "the discovery would even be bigger than that of King Tut".

Hawass told The Star on Wednesday that he suspects Cleopatra is buried with her Roman lover Mark Antony at a temple 30km from Alexandra called Tabusiris Magna.

"I believe it is a very sacred place and this is where they would have hidden Cleopatra and Marc Antony from Octavian," Hawass explained.

Access to the tomb, Hawass believes, is through a shaft. Previously he had descended 35m down the shaft but could get no further because of water.

"It has a high water table but I plan to go back in October," Hawass said.

Some of the clues that point to the tomb belonging to Cleopatra are a coin bearing her face and a statute. Cleopatra and Mark Antony committed suicide as the Roman leader Octavian hunted them in Egypt, in 30BC.

South Africans, particularly those with DSTV, would probably recognise Hawass as that Egyptologist who endlessly appears on documentaries wearing that Indiana Jones-styled hat.

But the Zahi Hawass who appeared in the Wits Great Hall cut a different figure... he was dressed in a charcoal suit.

This is Hawass's first visit to SA and he took the opportunity to introduce the audience to "adventure in archaeology", a slide show tour of some of his discoveries of Egypt.

"You know that 70 percent of Egypt's treasures still need to be uncovered," he said.

Some of these archaeological treasures, Hawass said, actually lie under the streets and houses of Cairo. His lecture also touched on how he organised a CT scan to be done of King Tutankhamun's mummy.

For years scientists have speculated whether the boy king was murdered. The project, which took place at the Valley of the Kings, had even Hawass wondering at one stage if the Curse of King Tut had returned. Unexplained power failures had workers fearing for their lives.

The results of the CT scan, believes Hawass, put to bed the theory that Tut was murdered by a blow to the head.

"What was originally thought of to be the hole in the back of his head that killed him, we found was part of the mummification process," Hawass explained.

While in SA, Hawass has also been in contact with several universities. "Perhaps we could collaborate in the future, talk about excavation techniques," he said.

When he gets back to Egypt, Hawass will have to start preparing for his next big operation - moving a 250 ton statute through the streets of Cairo.

TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Conspiracy; History; Society
KEYWORDS: alexandria; antony; archaeology; cleo; cleopatra; cleopatravii; egypt; godsgravesglyphs; hawass; markantony; romanempire; southafrica; tabusirismagna; taposirismagna; zahihawass; zowiehawass
Again on Hawass discovery.
1 posted on 08/18/2006 10:51:32 AM PDT by Alex1977
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2 posted on 08/18/2006 10:52:24 AM PDT by Alex1977
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3 posted on 08/18/2006 12:34:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006.
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I like Hawass.

I wonder if he is a Copt or a Muslim?

4 posted on 08/18/2006 2:09:47 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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I wonder if he is a Copt or a Muslim?


That's got to be the best kept secret after the where-abouts of Cleopatra's tomb...but he quacks like a duck IMO.

5 posted on 08/18/2006 2:49:36 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (ENEMY + MEDIA = ENEMEDIA)
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Hawass is a showman.

I still remember a show he did a couple of years ago about a hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid (Cheops?) at Giza.

Sent a robot in w/ a camera and found a bricked up wall.

Never did hear what was behind that wall. Must've been nothing, cuz if there was anything, he would have made hay out of it.

6 posted on 08/18/2006 4:53:57 PM PDT by sauropod (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." PJO)
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"celebrity archaeologist"

Always wanted to add this to my business card....;)

7 posted on 08/18/2006 11:00:08 PM PDT by Khurkris (When the levee breaks there'll be no place to hide.)
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I have always found Hawass and Dr. Bob Brier to be very entertaining, however, I want independent confirmation on just about everything that they say. Brier was very big on the Tut murder theory a few years ago. :0)
8 posted on 08/19/2006 5:39:26 AM PDT by asp1
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