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SOLD OUT: Pyramids, Mummies, Cleopatra, and Tutankhamun with Dr. Zahi Hawass
-  02:00PM - 03:30PM
Penn Museum - Philadelphia
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We are sorry that tickets to Dr. Hawass' May 3rd lecture are sold out.

Pyramids, Mummies, Cleopatra, and Tutankhamun: Recent Discoveries and Insightszahi1

Dr. Zahi Hawass, world renowned Egyptologist, shares an inside perspective on a host of recent archaeological and scientific discoveries in Egypt, at this special talk. Dr. Hawass has excavated around the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza for many years. He found the tombs of the pyramid builders that tell the story of the workmen who were involved in the massive construction projects. He also drilled under the Sphinx to learn more. At Giza, he directed a scientific research team that used a robot to search for secret doors inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

Dr. Hawass shares his theory on what may yet be undiscovered inside the pyramid.  One of Dr. Hawass's recent endeavors has been the Egyptian Mummy Project, which uses modern forensic techniques, including CT scans and DNA analysis, to answer questions about human remains from ancient Egypt. The project has resulted in several crucial findings, including identifications of the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut, new understandings about members of the family of Tutankhamun, the death of Tutankhamun, and the cause of death of Rameses III, a death surrounded by the "Harem Conspiracy."

Finally, Dr. Hawass shares updates on the ongoing search for the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, begun six years ago inside the temple of Taposiris Magna, near Alexandria, in cooperation with Kathleen Martinez from the Dominican Republic. Coins and statues found in connection with the famous Queen, and a large cemetery outside of the temple with gold-laden mummies, are among the new finds unearthed.

A tireless advocate for archaeological exploration and conservation of Egypt's extraordinary ancient monuments, Dr. Hawass is also the author of more than 150 scholarly articles and 40 scholarly and popular books, including Secrets from the Sand: My Search for Egypt's Past (2003) and Valley of the Golden Mummies (2000), and Secrets of the Sphinx (1998). His newest book, released in December 2013, is Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA. Forthcoming is a volume about his work using computed tomography (CT scanning) and DNA analysis on Egypt's royal mummies, as well as a children's book, King Tut and I: The Mystery of the Golden Boy.

Dr. Hawass appears frequently on television news programs and documentaries, sharing new discoveries and theories on ancient Egyptian history and culture. He has been featured in National Geographic specials, and in documentaries with the BBC and the Discovery Channel, among others.

Over the years, Dr. Hawass has been instrumental in sending exhibitions of the treasures of King Tutankhamun abroad. The most recent exhibition, curated by Dr. David Silverman, Penn Museum's Egyptian-Curator-in-Charge, has been shown in Philadelphia at the Franklin Institute, and at other cities in America, Australia, Europe, and Japan. More recently, Dr. Hawass worked to send an exhibition about Cleopatra—Dr. Silverman served as Consulting Curator—which also came to Philadelphia.

No stranger to the Penn Museum, Dr. Hawass first came to the University of Pennsylvania through a Fulbright Scholarship, making his first public presentations as a graduate student through the Museum's outreach program, and receiving both his Masters Degree in Egyptology and Syro-Palestinian Archaeology (1983) and his Ph.D. in Egyptology (1987). He was a member of the Museum's Board of Overseers from October 2001 through June 2012.

Dr. Hawass signs books following the lecture.

 $20 General Admission; $15 Penn Museum Members; $15 College Students with ID. Student tickets are only available on site. Tickets include general admission to the Penn Museum.

To receive the member discount online, you must log in as a member on the ticketing site. Member discount rate applies only to the amount of persons on your membership core benefits.

We are sorry that tickets to Dr. Hawass' May 3rd lecture are sold out.


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