Zahi Hawass, the Head of the Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, and therefore the gatekeeper of Egyptian archaeology, has recently published a tirade against the British Embassy in the latest issue of Cairo’s Al-Ahram Weekly.
Hawass declares that Egyptians have received unfair treatment from the British Embassy and that he will therefore limit their access to Egypt. “We will not receive their visitors. Our relations with their scientists will be cold,” he writes. “We cannot continue to treat foreigners with love and generosity if they in return treat us insincerely and do not care, from now on: one to one.”
The publication comes shortly after Hawass’s most recent public demand for the British Museum, among other international institutions, to return various Egyptian artifacts to Egypt. Since taking over as the head of the SCA, Hawass has been vocal about retaining Egyptian nationalism within the archaeological community and of returning Egypt to the forefront of Egyptological research.
You may read Hawass’s editorial, entitled “Dig days: Again: one to one,” on Al-Ahram Weekly Online by following the link below.