Egypt archaeologist Zahi Hawass faces criticisms about his job, ties to Mubarak

19 Apr 2011 10:56 AM | Anonymous

Egypt archaeologist Zahi Hawass faces criticisms about his job, ties to Mubarak

By Philip Kennicott, Monday, April 18, 8:22 PM

For a moment, Zahi Hawass, the most famous archaeologist in the world, sounds a bit like Eva Peron.

“I did it all for Egypt,” he thunders.

In his office at the ministry for antiquities, the man in charge of this country’s 5,000-year legacy of cultural history, the man everyone calls Dr. Zahi, sits at an empty desk, with four telephones to one side. A cellphone is buzzing in his hand. Young women come and go, always in a hurry, responding to his urgent — one might say imperious — beck and call.

After two months of revolution and recrimination, which has seen him in and out of power, he is madly multitasking: Struggling to preserve ancient sites from theft and the encroachment of illegal construction, while working just as frantically to preserve his power base in a wildly shifting political landscape.

“I am not from the old regime,” Hawass says.

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