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Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Director of the Giza Pyramids Excavation

Committee appointments :
Member of the Board of the Cairo Museum
Member of the German Archaeological Institute
Member of the High Council of Culture (History and Archaeology), Ministry of Culture (Egypt)
Member of the Fellowship Committee, E.A.O.
Member of the Foreign Exhibits Committee, E.A.O.
Member of the Tourist Promotion Committee for Giza Government
Committee for the Restoration of the Sphinx

Activities :
Archaeological site management of Memphis
The management of the site of the Giza Plateau.

Research interests

Zahi Hawass has dicovered the unusual double statue of Ramses II at Giza and the tombs of the Giza pyramid builders. His findings have contributed significantly to our knowledge of how the Pyramids were built.

In 1999 Hawass led an excavation and preservation project at Egypt’s Bahariya Oasis that discovered more than 200 Greco-Roman mummies, many of them lavishly gilded. This ancient cemetery, now called the Valley of the Golden Mummies, may hold hundreds more mummies and is considered one of the most important finds in Egypt since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Prizes and awards

1998 : Egypt's Presidential Award: First Class in Arts and Science
2000 : Distinguished Scholar award from the Association of Egyptian American Scholars and one of 30 international figures to receive the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement.


2001: Secrets from the Sand, Abrams, New York (forthcoming)

2000 : Valley of the Golden Mummies, Harry N. Abrams, New York (in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, forthcoming)

2000 : The Silent Images - Women in Pharaonic Egypt

2000 : The Temple of the Rising Sun: Abu Simbel, The American University in Cairo Press (forthcoming)

2000 : The Secrets of the Forgotten Pyramids at Abu Sir, The American University in Cairo Press (forthcoming)

2000 : Lady of the Ancient World, Dar El Sherouq, Cairo (in Arabic, forthcoming)

2000 : The Valley Temple of Khafre (co-author, forthcoming)

2000 : The Complete Giza Pyramids, Thames and Hudson, London (co-author, forthcoming)

2000 : The Discovery of the Causeway and the Valley Temple of Khufu (forthcoming).

2000 : The Secrets of the Sphinx: Restoration Past and Present. The American University in Cairo Press, a new edition

1999 : The Peak and Splendor of the Old Kingdom, in Egyptian Treasures from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, edited by Francesco Tiradritti, Abrams, New York.

1998 : Giza and the Pyramids (co-author), Thames and Hudson, London.

1998 : The Giza Pyramids' Mysteries Revealed, American University of Cairo Press.

1998 : Guide to the Egyptian Pyramids, The American University in Cairo Press and White Star, Italy (in English, French, German, and Italian, four chapters

1998 : The Secrets of the Sphinx: Restoration Past and Present. The American University in Cairo Press.

1998 : History of Ancient Egypt and the Near East, Cairo (in Arabic, co-author)

1997 : Four sections and the Preface in Guide to the Pyramids of Egypt, by A. Siliotti, The American University in Cairo Press

1995 : Kingship in Ancient Egypt (co-author), E. J. Brill, Leiden.

1992 : Egypt: Cradle of Civilization (co-author), Spain.

1990 : Histories, Mysteries of Man, by W. M. F. Petrie, newly edited by and with an additional chapter "The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh," by Zahi A. Hawass, LTD, London.

1990 : The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh.

1987 : The Funerary Establishment of Khufu, K3afra and Menkaure during the Old Kingdom, Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania microfilm, Ann Arbor, MI.

1982 : The Wadi Al Jubal Archaeological Report, Vol. I: Site Reconnaissance in North Yemen, Washington, D.C.: The American Foundation for the Study of Man (a book translated
by Z. Hawass).

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