The first half of the article is essentially accusing Hawass of being human!
It's well known that he's egocentric and volatile...my last employer was the same. It's sometimes the bullishness that generates their success in
Of the stories, I've heard them all and have read different interpretations. Gantenbrink lost the patronage of his Uni Dept. which makes any contract
with the SCA invalid. In that sense, he wasn't refused access by Hawass, the terms of SCA accept only Institution-backed researchers. This was put in
place to ensure SCA knew exactly what was being researched and where. It has the added benefit of ensuring a time limit for excavations which has
generated the increase of finds. An adverse side-effect is that life can't always run to a time-limit...now and then animosity through frustration is
At the core of Hawass' drive is that he's an Egyptian. It adds a dimension to his actions. Did you know the majority of Egypt's heritage is spread
across the world's museums and private collections? Very little of it is there by Egyptian consent....at least, not in the modern understanding of
the word. He's worked hard to rectify that. He has national pride in the achievements of Egypt's great past. Is that so surprising?
So we have ample evidence of Hawass acting both peremptorily and even erratically. He is on record as opposing alternative history theories and
'pyramidiots' on the grounds that they slight the proud Egyptian people.
Again, he's accused of being human.
That he opposes 'alternative history theories' is inevitable. He has a solid academic education and
spends a lot of the year immersed in the history and dirt of Egypt. He works side by side with people who live and breathe Egyptology. How else would
he respond when the Bauvals, Wests and Hancocks have the arrogance to suggest that centuries of academic and historical study are BS? They compound it
further by accusing him of lying and covering things up. They are essentially insulting academia and creating a swarm of innuendo and conspiracy ideas
that require the complicity of thousands of scientists and scholars across the world. For anyone who has been, or is in academia it's really
The writer does an excellent 'switch and bait' as he mentions the golden capstone. Before we know it he's added masons and Edgar Cayce. His only
evidence of Cayce paying for Hawass' Doctorate is an unsourced hearsay quote. In reality, Dr Hawass got his PhD through a Fullbright Scholarship.
Mark Lehner's involvement with ARE is common knowledge and he talks about it in interviews. He literally became interested in Egypt because of
Cayce's predictions. Once he got there and began researching, he abandoned all ideas of lost civilisations, Atlantis and Halls of Records. He
replaced 'alternative history' with evidence-based factual history. Once you go fact
, you never go back.
At this point, my understanding of this article and most ATSers will be completely at odds.The remaining paragraphs are founded on rumour and gossip.
I won't spend time writing words about gossip. The final addition of possibly the greatest conspiracy I've had the pleasure of laughing at really
finished the article nicely. Hawass and his 'handlers' from ARE organised a Red Bull Event at Giza to distract people from noticing the secret shaft
near the Sphinx? I wonder what the Red Bull guys were hiding at Giza last year? Hawass has the authority to close the Sphinx enclosure to the
public...he doesn't need an elaborate international pilot event! Andrew Collins offers a far more reasonable explanation. He's also an ATS member
and seems a decent guy.
For all the negative things about Hawass' personality, I think he's come to embody conventional, academic science in Egypt. If he wasn't in charge
of the SCA, the evidence that contradicts Hancock, Bauval and West would still remain. The many, many ATSers that have personal beef with him won't
have their dreams of aliens/Atlantis/resonators/machines/stargates etc come true even if he retires.
I used to believe in all these things at one time. When the facts couldn't support them, I abandoned the ideas and moved on. I'm posting this to put
down my opinion about the article and Hawass. I doubt anyone will agree, but I've made my points clearly and fairly.
NB. this was a rush job if any of it is unclear!