By Pasquini, Elaine
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs , Vol. 22, No. 8
Dr. Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities, presented a slide-illustrated lecture on "The Secrets of the Pyramids" at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose on Aug. 12.
The world-renowned archeologist showed slides of some of the 234 mummies--many wearing goldleaf masks--discovered at Al-Bahariya Oasis, in Egypt's western desert, in 1999. That same year, tombs of the pyramid workers were discovered on the Giza plateau, together with an entire worker's village, including a bakery. This September, Hawass told the audience, National Geographic will fund a comprehensive study using radar to map the entire underground Giza plateau.
Hawass discussed Egypt's efforts to help restore and register Iraq's antiquities that were destroyed or stolen during the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq (see June 2003 Washington Report, p. 14). Egypt's antiquities department sent experts to Iraq to assess the damage and assist in the preservation of the remaining artifacts and archeological sites. UNESCO currently is working with Egypt to preserve the world's antiquities--including those in Iraq--and to recover stolen items. …