Hawass - ET
CAIRO - 3 February 2020: Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass spoke about Cleopatra, Tutankhamun and Akhenaten during a lecture on Egyptian tourism in Madrid.
“I am looking for the tomb of Nefertiti in the western part of the Valley of the Kings, I think it is there.” said Hawass during the lecture.
“I have already found 30 cemeteries, a cemetery-building workshop, an oven, ceramic, building workshops, a workshop for making liners and a grave for construction with tools to make graves. Last week, I found a mummification workshop, which is why I believe that the tomb of Nefertiti is in the western part of the Valley of the Kings.” resumed Hawass.
“The tomb of Nefertiti will be the next great discovery. A good archaeologist must be very patient, and I am patient, that's why I did not lose hope.” concluded the iconic archaeologist.
Hawass had requested that Spain protect the Temple of Debod located in Madrid from stormy weather. “If the temple is not protected, it must be returned to Egypt immediately.” stated Hawass.
This came during a press conference held in Spain on the sidelines of Hawass’ lectures to promote Egyptian tourism around the world, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo and more than 1,500 attendees.
Hawass further pointed out that the Temple of Debod was gifted to Spain in 1968 by the Egyptian government during the era of late President Gamal Abdel Nasser, in appreciation of the Spanish role in saving the antiquities of Nubia.
“I will recover all the looted artifacts, I am a fighter and I always win”. It is time for the stolen artifacts to be returned to Egypt, and for our country to recover the pieces that ended up in auctions of the rich and the elites who kept them in their private rooms preventing the whole world from seeing and appreciating it.” said Hawass.
Furthermore, Hawass presented a number of his books to the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister and former world famous footballer Emilio Petrajenio, the current director of international relations for Real Madrid.