Zahi Hawass Reinstated as Egyptian Minister of Antiquities

Hawass, who was criticized by revolutionaries for his connections to Mubarak and for his proposal that Mubarak should stay in power for another six months, was reinstated as Minister of Antiquities.  The decision comes on the heels of UNESCO’s statement on Tuesday that it would write an official letter to Egyptian authorities calling for better protection of the country’s cultural sites.  Although meant to appease growing international concern for the safety of Egyptian archaeological sites, the reinstatement of Hawass is likely to be met with resistance by pro-democracy forces who see him as a member of the old regime.

Hawass, never known for his modesty is quoted saying in response to his appointment, “I cannot live without antiquities, and antiquities cannot live without me.”  Coming from a man who has spent his career campaigning for the repatriation of looted antiquities, this statement suggests a degree of hubris and a sense of personal ownership of the objects which he so assiduously collects from around the world.


About projectpatrimonio

Helena Boyden Lamb, born 1985 in New York, has studied and worked in Politics, Heritage Ethics and Politics, and Opera Singing. Most recently, she is working in Brussels where she started in a European Think Tank and is now the Executive Office of a NGO which facilitates Youth Politics across the EU. She has a Bachelor with Honors from Stanford University, California in Classics: Politics and Heritage and a Masters with Honors from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK in European Identity. She has conducted academic or independent grant-funded research in the UK, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, and Albania. She was, previously, an archaeologist and an opera singer. Cynthia Querio is a Museum Educator currently living and working in Los Angeles. She is interested in heritage and identity politics and the role of museum education departments in the trajectory of this debate. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a 9 month graduate internship at the Getty Villa's education department and has continued to work in many museums in Los Angeles including LACMA and the Autry National Center. Her academic background is in the Classics, which was her major at Stanford University and which she continued to pursue with a Masters in the History of Classical Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
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