Press Page: The Mystery of the Pyramids and the Sphinx: Recent Discoveries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2015

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Freedom Center welcomes world-renowned archaeologist

Zahi Hawass presents lecture on the mysteries of the Pyramids and the Sphinx

 Dr Hawass at the tomb of Tutankhamun

CINCINNATI – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Cincinnati Museum Center will host a lecture by Dr. Zahi Hawass, one of the world’s most famous archaeologists and Egyptologists, on March 5, 2015 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Dr. Hawass will talk about the fascinating recent discoveries around the pyramids and the Sphinx, including: who built the Great Pyramids of Giza and why; are there any secret tunnels and hidden doors inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu; what is the mystery of the so-called Osiris shaft; and what is the story of the curse of the Sphinx? During the question and answer period, Dr. Hawass will talk about freedom issues for a changing Egypt.

Formerly the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara, Bahariya Oasis and the famous Valley of the Kings, Dr. Hawass has discovered a number of pyramids and tombs over the course of his career. Amongst his discoveries are the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza and a pyramid belonging to a queen of King Teti at Saqqara. He also led the search for the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Antony on the premises of a Ptolemaic temple near Alexandria. 

One of the most significant research efforts that Dr. Hawass has managed and led was the Egyptian Mummy Project (EMP), which has used modern forensic techniques such as CT and DNA analysis to answer questions about the royal mummies. Some of the project’s most important discoveries have been the identification of the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut, the uncovering of the family of King Tutankhamun and solving the mystery of the murder of Ramses III.

Dr. Hawass is the author of a number of scholarly books and a guest on Good Morning America, The Today Show, BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, PBS and the Learning Channel.

The Mystery of the Pyramids and the Sphinx: Recent Discoveries will begin at 6:30 p.m., March 5 in the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s Harriet Tubman Theater. Join Dr. Hawass for a VIP reception at 5 p.m. Following the lecture, Dr. Hawass will hold a book signing of Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA.

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About the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC) opened August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Through permanent and changing exhibits, public programs and online resources, we reveal stories about freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today. In 2010, NURFC opened the world’s first permanent, museum-quality exhibition on human trafficking. Since then it has been working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire the fight to end human trafficking. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, NURFC launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org. More than 1 million people have visited NURFC’s galleries, with another 2 million experiencing NURFC online at freedomcenter.org.

About Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.