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      Dr. Zahi Hawass
      • 25. November 2019.
    • Exploring the world beneath the surface, hidden deep in the labyrinths of the past, Dr. Zahi Hawass turned archeology into the art of reading and interpreting the history of ancient Egypt. He is probably the only man in the world who can answer the questions that inspire and drive the imagination. The excavations and investigations into the fate of Ramses III, the secret of the the Pyramid of  Khufu (Cheops), then his search for the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, the long-lost tomb of famous lovers Antony and Cleopatra, sparked global interest around the world. He inspires young archaeologists and gives meaning and importance to their calling.

      The mysteries of the past have been surfacing for decades in our understanding of Egypt thanks to the research of Dr. Hawass. Unlike his film counterpart Indiana Jones, everything that determines Dr. Hawass' work is preceded by impressive knowledge, patience, dedication as well as dreams.

      Dr. Zahi Hawass, born May 28, 1947,the world’s foremost Egyptologist, was Secretary General of the Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities and the first Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Director of Excavations at Giza Pyramid Plateau. He has also worked at archeological sites in the the Nile Delta, the Libyan Desert, the Upper and Lower Egypt.

      Dr. Zahi Hawass has gained a special reputationby lecturing around the world, with numerous books he published and documentaries on ancient Egyptian civilization.

      "I feel like the 'king of the pyramids' because I spent most of my life discovering - the secret door of the pyramids, the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders - that's why they named me the 'king of the pyramids'. We have discovered a lot and the discovery of another 70 percent of this treasure awaits us, ”he announced during last year's visit to Serbia.

      In his search for truth he published more than 40 books and 150 works on ancient Egypt. Among the most popular titles are the books "Secret from the Sand", "The Valley of the Golden Mummies", as well as the world bestseller "The Legend of Tutankhamun".

      Deeply concerned about the conservation and protection of Egyptian precious heritage, Dr. Hawass returned more than 6,000 stolen and alienated artifacts to Egypt and trained more than 1,000 young archaeologists in museology and excavation techniques. He has also initiated the construction of 22 new museums in Egypt, including the Grand Egyptian Museum and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

      The Egyptian Mummy Project, which used modern forensic techniques such as CT and DNA analysis, was also initiated by Dr. Hawass.

      Over the course of his long career he has been presented with numerous awards and honors. As a recognizable face of the world's leading science programs: National Geographic, History Channel, Discovery Channel and BBC, for a special on ancient Egypt, he received an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2006. Earlier, in 1998, the President of Egypt bestowed on him the First Class Award for Arts and Sciences for the restoration of the Sphinx, and he also received the Pride of Egypt Award from members of the foreign press in Egypt. Time magazine chose him as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in 2006. He was made an officer in the French Order of Arts and Letters, a goodwill ambassador, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences granted him a Silver Medal and membership in the academy, and in 2008 he received the rank of commander in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In April 2017, Dr Hawass was named as New Ambassador for Cultural Heritage by International Federation for Peace and Sustainable Development (an affiliate organization of the United Nations).

      In an exclusive interview with Danica Karić Stojiljković, Dr. Hawass confirms: “Mummies are magical. Their magic brought Hollywood to Egypt. I believe in drama. Drama-free history is unacceptable. Because of my passion about archeology, my words reached the hearts of people all over the world. ”

      The greatness of work and the scientific importance of one of the most influential archaeologists of today is recognized in Serbia as well. That is why tonight, the Karic Brothers Award for outstanding achievements in scientific and research work joins all the awards that Dr. Zahi Hawass, an archeologist known for his charisma, has received so far.

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