Talking about Hawass....always on the Egyptian Gazette sat.27 nov.04.
This is what I further found...enjoy!
The ancient Egyptians are back in the headlines, thanks to the exhibits held in Paris and Bonn. But concerns over the security and safety of our heritage have also re-surfaced.
More importantly, however, is the issue of who exactly has the right to decide the fate of our heritage, the opposition daily newspaper Al-Wafd said.
It was Dr Salih Bedeir, dean of the Medicine Faculty at Ain Shams University, who decided to have Tutankhamoun's body inspected Ð again Ð to determine whether cause of death was murder or accident.
Dr Bedeir said that despite the sophisticated equipment that is being used for the investigation, the findings would still be inconclusive.
Asked whether using the equipment would mean that the mummy need not be lifted out of the sarcophagus, Dr Bedeir said that no one knew if there was a mummy in the sarcophagus or not,
Nor was anyone certain about the condition of this mummy, he said.
When Howard Carter discovered the tomb in 1923, knives were used to cut away the outer layers of the mummy, which contained jewellery, Dr Bedeir said.
"In the process, the bone became fragile and the head was split from the body. Carter tried to glue it back on," Dr Bedeir explained.
In 1966, an archaeologist pierced the skull with a metal spike to inspect the interior.
Dr Bedeir voiced concern about the current state of the mummy, as he did not want to open the sarcophagus as, he said, this might cause further damage.
Dr Zahi Hawas, secretary general of the Supreme Council for Antiquities (SCA), told the newspaper that after consulting the council's panel of 60 experts on sending Tutankhamoun's remains abroad, he decided not to allow the mummy to leave the country.
Dr Hawas added that since he became SCA chief, fewer antiquities have been ruined by examinations abroad. He said he had put tighter conditions on teams of foreign scientists who want to inspect our antiquities.
Previous directors allowed foreign teams to take samples from the mummies of Pharaoh's and even damage the Karnak Temple.
As for who decides whether certain items should be sent abroad for exhibitions, Dr Hawas said various committees were in charge of this aspect and that a special committee is set up to negotiate the terms of the exhibition, which have been approved by other panels of experts. "Moreover, we are considering the establishment of a permanent committee to increase our revenues and re-invest the receipt from exhibitions into restoration work.
Asked if it was true that more antiquities were going missing and ending up abroad, Dr Hawas said the fact that more relics are being returned to the SCA or the Ministry of Culture give that impression. "However, the level of co-operation from foreign authorities has been increasing," he said.
Dr Hawas said that Egypt cannot claim the right to have allegedly stolen pieces returned unless it can furnish documentary proof of theft. "Auctions abroad, which often put stolen artefacts under the hammer, have been cooperating with us. However, they will sell the items if we do not submit the necessary paperwork within a specified time," Dr Hawas explained.
You see? we are lucky: sometimes hawass even explain his reasons!!!