Dr. Zahi Hawass, a world-renowned Egyptian archaeologist who has served at most of the archaeological sites in Egypt during a long, high profile career, offers a public lecture in the Penn Museum’s Harrison Auditorium. The program concludes with a book signing of his newest book, Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA (available for purchase in the Museum Shop).
At the afternoon talk, Dr. Hawass, who excavated around the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza for many years, shares an inside perspective on a host of recent archaeological discoveries in Egypt. He also speaks about the Egyptian Mummy Project, which uses modern forensic techniques to answer questions about human remains from ancient Egypt. The project has resulted in several crucial findings, including new understandings about members of the family of Tutankhamun and the death of Tutankhamun. He also shares updates on the search for the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, begun six years ago inside the temple of Taposiris Magna, near Alexandria.
Dr. Hawass began his career as an inspector of antiquities and rose to the height of the profession in Egypt, becoming Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, as well as the first Minister of State for Antiquities. A tireless advocate for archaeological exploration and conservation of Egypt’s extraordinary ancient monuments, he is also the author of more than 150 scholarly articles and 40 scholarly and popular books.
Tickets to the program are $20 per person; $15 for Penn Museum members (Museum admission is additional). Advance online reservations are strongly recommended.
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