CAIRO – March 31: Acclaimed Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass gave a speech on Sunday, March 31 at Ain Shams University on Friday, March 31.
Hawass will talk about Ancient Egyptian civilization secrets and recent archaeological discoveries.
During his recent lecture at the Royal Library in Copenhagen Hawass announced that a national Egyptian project to study the royal mummies will kick off.
Hawass revealed that the project is tailor made to search for the mummies of Queen Nefertiti and Ankhesenamun, the wife of Tutankhamun, using DNA analysis and computed tomography (CT) scans.
Hawass explained important facts during the lecture such as how Tutankhamun died, the discoveries of pyramid builders' tombs and other important archaeological discoveries.
During his lecture on the ancient Egyptian civilization Hawass invited the Danish people to visit Egypt, assuring that the country is safe.
Hawass declared to the multiple Danish newspapers that interviewed him that he is leading an Egyptian global team to restore stolen artifacts.
The lecture was attended by Queen of Denmark Margrethe II and Egyptian Ambassador in Copenhagen Ayman Alkaffas.
Hawass previously stressed the difficulty of retrieving Egyptian monuments from various museums all over the world since they were transferred under the 50 percent law or the Antiquities Protection Act.
The Antiquities Protection Act permitted foreign missions to take their share of the excavations.
Hawass previously pointed out that there is currently an international outcry that calls for retrieving artifacts. French President Emmanuel Macron said France occupied some African countries and looted their artifacts and it is a must to return the looted items to their original countries.
Meanwhile, Greece is fighting to return its artifacts from London and China is demanding Japan and other countries to return its looted artifacts.
The veteran archaeologist previously announced that Egypt must demand its right to retrieve its looted artifacts, pointing out that he is currently forming a national team consisting of public figures to demand Egypt's right to retrieving its artifacts.
Hawas stated that Egypt must demand the retrieval of the five most significant pieces found in the world's museums, namely the Rosetta Stone which was seized by the French and the head of Nefertiti that Hawas asserted he collected evidence proving it was stolen.
Hawas claimed that he demanded the head of Berlin Museum to retrieve the stolen artifact; however, the revolution of Jan. 25, 2011 postponed the retrieving process.
Hawas further stated that the third most significant piece is the Planetarium located in the Louvre Museum, which was stolen by a French thief.
Moreover, Hawas claimed that the two additional artifacts were legally transferred outside Egypt, but Egypt must demand their retrieval. The two pieces are the statue of the architect of the Great Pyramid that is located in Germany and the statue of Khafre pyramid manager that is located in the USA.
Hawas further stated that the world perceived Egypt in the past as a country that does not provide museums for its priceless artifacts and cannot protect its ancient heritage.
However, the veteran archaeologist affirmed that Egypt currently holds numerous museums, including the Grand Egyptian Museum that is considered the biggest museum in the world.
It is worth mentioning that the Italian Culture and Solidarity awarded the famed Egyptian archaeologist the Social Commitment award on October 22, 2018 at the renowned historical Italian theater Dal Verme di Milano.
The association announced in a press statement that Hawass received such an important award due to his numerous archaeological discoveries.
The association added in its press statement that Hawass managed to bring joy to the Italian people with his discoveries, lectures, archaeological achievements and his role in preserving the world's heritage in general and the Egyptian heritage in particular.
Hawass has been previously awarded a prize by the European- Mediterranean Partnership, granted for the first time to an Egyptian.
Hawass was honored and awarded for his role in spreading knowledge about the Egyptian heritage across the world, namely in Europe and the countries located around the Mediterranean Sea.
This prize is one of the high profile European awards that are given to calibres in the fields of arts and antiquities, among other fields.
Hawass is one of the most distinguished archaeologists worldwide and has many discoveries to his name. He is also the author of hundreds of books in different languages. His recent discoveries include the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders and the Valley of the Golden Mummies.
Among the important works of Hawass is that he headed the team that scanned King Tutankhamun’s mummy to unravel mysteries surrounding the lives and deaths of other ancient Egyptian kings.
Hawass's latest book is entitled “Giza and the Pyramids”, which he wrote with American archaeologist Mark Lehner. The book reveals a lot of secrets about the Giza Pyramids and is considered to be an added value to Egyptology.
The book deals with all the issues related to the Giza Pyramids, in addition to the latest theories and scientific studies on the pyramids, Hawass added.