Spend an evening with the world’s top expert on King Tut. Renowned scholar and archeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, who may be the inspiration for Indiana Jones, discusses the fabled Boy King at two appearances in NYC, tonight and tomorrow.
Until recently, Dr. Hawass was the minister of antiquities in Egypt, in charge of the Cairo Museum and its fabulous collection of more than 3,000 years of history, including a jaw-dropping exhibit of Tut’s bling, and also directing new archeological digs in the Valley of the Kings and elsewhere. He’s also familiar to TV audiences for his role in National Geographic documentaries about Egyptian antiquities.
When King Tutankhamen’s tomb was rediscovered in 1922, archaeologists descended through layers upon layers of gold-embossed shrines as they made his way toward the child ruler’s sarcophagus. King Tut’s final resting place was one of history’s greatest archaeological finds, and it’s still yielding new insights into the fascinating world of ancient Egypt.
I had the good fortune of interviewing Dr. Hawass in Cairo a few years ago, and look forward to hearing his stories once again here in New York City.
Tonight’s talk is The Magic and the Mystery of Tutankhamen: Recent Discoveries. Discount tickets are just $12 ($20 full price) for the program at the Ethical Culture Society on the Upper West Side, at 7pm.
King Tut and Downton Abbey
BTW – There’s a King Tut connection to Downton Abbey. The 5th Earl of Carnavon, owner of Highclere castle, was one of the lead archeologists who uncovered King Tut’s tomb. Highclere, of course, is the castle we all know as Downton Abbey.
The 8th Earl of Carnavon and the Countess have opened an Egyptian Exhibit in the basement of Highclere to showcase their ancestor’s achievements. But it’s cheaper to see the King Tut exhibit in NYC than to buy an airline ticket to London.