By: Ali Abu-Dashish
CAIRO, Nov. 19 (SEE)- The Center of Dr. Zahi Hawass at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina has allocated an annual prize for the best archaeologist and restorer to be presented at the Day of the Archaeologists on 14 January each year.
Dr. Hawass announced that this year’s award will be granted for 40-year-old applicants or less and starting next year the age limit will be extended.
In the context of the historical role of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in promoting communication between East and West, a delegation from the center toured a number of archaeological sites in ‘Alexandria,’ ‘Giza,’ ‘Sakkara,’ ‘Abu Rawash’ and ‘Dahshour’ to film a number of documentaries for the French television.
The documentaries will be translated and viewed in several languages all over the world, in order to boost tourism in Egypt and spread archaeological awareness, through new archaeological discoveries.
In these films, Hawass unleashes the secrets and breakthroughs of the pyramids and archaeological discoveries that he learned while spending more than half a century exploring and unearthing Giza pyramids mysteries.
It is worth noting that Dr. Mustafa El-Faki, Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, inaugurated Dr. Zahi Hawass’s Center for ‘Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage’ at the Smart Village in Giza, last May.
The center was established to mark Hawass’s significant global role in enriching humans with cultural heritage through his numerous public lectures and writings. It also aspires to be a research, educational and training hub at the local, Arab and international levels to disseminate cultural heritage amongst all segments of society through organizing workshops and seminars.
Translated by: Norhan Mahmoud