On the lecture circuit, flamboyant Egyptian archaeologist talks up King Tut _ and himself

February 1, 2015 12:30 PM

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On the lecture circuit, flamboyant Egyptian archaeologist talks up King Tut _ and himself

FILE - In this file photo taken March 11, 2007, Zahi Hawass, Egypt's former top antiquities official, poses in front of the ancient Sphinx in Giza, Egypt. Egypt’s best-known archaeologist is a passionate showman with an explorer’s fedora who joined the last, doomed Cabinet of President Hosni Mubarak, then resigned in a swirl of corruption allegations after the 2011 revolution ousted his patron. Admired or reviled, he is once again a frontman for Egypt, exhorting international audiences to see the heritage of a country where unrest has hit tourism hard. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File) (The Associated Press)

In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, schoolchildren roam an exhibition of replicas of Tutankhamun's treasures at an exhibition at a Krugersdorp, South Africa, Casino, brought to South Africa by Egypt's former top antiquities official Zahi Hawass. In an interview with the Associated Press, H...

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