At NGS, Zahi Hawass is officially history

See National Geographic’s official page here.

According to last week’s story in The New York Times:

… National Geographic says it pays Mr. Hawass to advise it on major discoveries and help shape its policies on antiquities issues. It says it has never received preferential access to archaeological sites or discoveries.

If that’s really why our Society was paying him, then why have we suddenly stopped?

Even though he just lost his job as the chief gatekeeper for Egypt’s antiquities, Hawass is still fully capable of providing us with expert advice for $200,000 per year.

  • Nicole Hansen

    Are there any other “emertius” Explorers-in-Residence? What are the benefits available to an explorer-in-residence emeritus?

    • According to the NGS website:
      Bradford & Barbara Washburn – Honarary (Bradford died in 2007)
      Stephen Ambrose – Emeritus (he died in 2002)
      Jane Goodall – Emeritus
      Will Steger – Emeritus
      Zahi Hawass – Emeritus

      Re: benefits – I don’t know.

  • HARRIET KATHRYN BROWN

    I FEEL SO CONFUSED.  I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED ZAHI’S ENTHUSIASM AND APPARENT EXPERTISE.  NOW, SUDDENLY HE’S THE DARTH VADER OF EGYPTOLOGY. HAVE WE BEEN MISLED BY THE AUGUST NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC?  IS HE NOT THE SCHOLAR  AND  EXPERT EGYPTOLOGIST?  TELL US THE TRUTH, PLEASE.
                                                           KATE BROWN 

    • Hi Kate, 
      I think we’ve all enjoyed Zahi’s enthusiasm and showmanship. And I think there’s little doubt he has helped bring more attention to Egypt’s antiquities. But there do seem to be some unresolved issues re: exactly how Zahi was operating, and whether it’s all been legal — in Egypt and in the United States. … According to recent news reports, Zahi is now forbidden to leave Egypt until the charges against him have been resolved. (Arabic version: http://bit.ly/qs15gA ) …  What’s the truth? That’s what everyone is trying to find out. 
      Thanks for stopping by, and for your comment. 

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