Dr. Zahi Hawass, World Renowned Egyptian Archaeologist, Offers Public Lecture Saturday, May 3, 2:00 pm at the Penn Museum

Pyramid, Mummies, Cleopatra, and Tutankhamun: Recent Discoveries and Insights


PHILADELPHIA, PA—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, "Pyramids, Mummies, Cleopatra, and Tutankhamum: Recent Discoveries and Insights," Saturday, May 3, at 2:00 pm in the Harrison Auditorium of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street in Philadelphia. 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).

Tickets to the program are $20 per person; $15 for Penn Museum members (Museum admission is additional). Advance online reservations are strongly recommended.

Over a career spanning decades, Dr. Hawass began 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.

Of Pyramids, Mummies (including Tutankhamun) and Cleopatra

At the afternoon talk, Dr. Hawass shares an inside perspective on a host of recent archaeological discoveries in Egypt. Dr. Hawass has excavated around the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza for many years. He found the tombs of the pyramid builders that tell the story of the workmen who were involved in the massive construction projects. He also drilled under the Sphinx to learn more. At Giza, he directed a scientific research team that used a robot to search for secret doors inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu.. At the talk, Dr. Hawass shares his theory on what may yet be undiscovered inside the pyramid.

One of Dr. Hawass's recent endeavors has been the Egyptian Mummy Project, which uses modern forensic techniques, including CT scans and DNA analysis, to answer questions about human remains from ancient Egypt. The project has resulted in several crucial findings, including identifications of the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut, new understandings about members of the family of Tutankhamun, the death of Tutankhamun, and the cause of death of Rameses III, a death surrounded by the "Harem Conspiracy."

Finally, Dr. Hawass shares updates on the ongoing search for the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, begun six years ago inside the temple of Taposiris Magna, near Alexandria, in cooperation with Kathleen Martinez from the Dominican Republic. Coins and statues found in connection with the famous Queen, and a large cemetery outside of the temple with gold-laden mummies, are among the new finds unearthed.

About Zahi Hawass

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, including Secrets from the Sand: My Search for Egypt's Past (2003) and Valley of the Golden Mummies (2000), and Secrets of the Sphinx (1998). His newest book, released in December 2013, is Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA. Forthcoming is a volume about his work using computed tomography (CT scanning) and DNA analysis on Egypt's royal mummies, as well as a children's book, King Tut and I: The Mystery of the Golden Boy.

Dr. Hawass appears frequently on television news programs and documentaries, sharing new discoveries and theories on ancient Egyptian history and culture. He has been featured in National Geographic specials, and in documentaries with the BBC and the Discovery Channel, among others.

Over the years, Dr. Hawass has been instrumental in sending exhibitions of the treasures of King Tutankhamun abroad. The most recent exhibition, curated by Dr. David Silverman, Penn Museum's Egyptian-Curator-in-Charge, has been shown in Philadelphia at the Franklin Institute, and at other cities in America, Australia, Europe, and Japan. More recently, Dr. Hawass worked to send an exhibition about Cleopatra—Dr. Silverman served as Consulting Curator—which also came to Philadelphia.

No stranger to the Penn Museum, Dr. Hawass first came to the University of Pennsylvania through a Fulbright Scholarship, making his first public presentations as a graduate student through the Museum's outreach program, and receiving both his Masters Degree in Egyptology and Syro-Palestinian Archaeology (1983) and his Ph.D. in Egyptology (1987). He was a member of the Museum's Board of Overseers from October 2001 through June 2012.

About the Penn Museum

Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), 3260 South Street in Philadelphia, is one of the world's great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With nearly one million objects in the collection, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. A dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is an engaging place of discovery. The Museum's mandate of research, teaching, collections stewardship, and public engagement are the four "pillars" of the Museum's expansive mission: to transform understanding of the human experience.

Public transportation to the Museum, across from Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania's urban campus, is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and first Wednesdays of each month until 8:00 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Museum admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); free for U.S. Military; $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger.

Hot and cold meals and light refreshments can be purchased with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183

Photo: Dr. Hawass in the Valley of the Golden Mummies. Photo courtesy Zahi Hawass.


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