Esta noticia me ha llamado la atención porque no sabia que se pudieran visitar las tumbas de los trabajadores en Guiza Indiana Children's Museum Group Visits Giza
I had a very nice experience the other day, when a group of children from Indiana came to visit my excavations at the tombs of the pyramid builders at Giza. These children were visiting Egypt in association with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with the President of the museum, Jeff Patchen.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a very good museum, which hosted an exhibit about explorers and their adventures. This exhibit was produced by the National Geographic Society and was designed to teach children about different explorers. In this exhibit, they had a section with me explaining the robot that we sent into the air shafts of the Great Pyramid, revealing the secrets of this pyramid. There was another section about my discovery of the Valley of the Golden Mummies. They even took my famous clothing and my archaeology notebooks and used them in this children’s exhibit. This exhibit travelled to over 15 countries and is still being shown in many different countries.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has also worked with me on the project of the Suzanne Mubarak Children’s Museum in Cairo. They provided experts who helped us with the design, and they gave us many good ideas about how to create this museum. Because we have worked closely on different projects, I have a good relationship with Jeff Patchen and Jennifer Robinson from the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Currently they are in the process of creating another exhibit that shows my work in the tunnel of the tomb of Seti I that we are excavating now in the Valley of the Kings.
One of the most amazing things the Children’s Museum has done was to bring children from Indiana to Egypt so that they can visit the country and learn about our heritage. They came to see me the other day at my excavations at the tombs of the pyramid builders at Giza. The kids came with their parents, and there was also a group of Egyptian kids from a school in Cairo, around 30 children total, and I told them about the excavations at the tombs of the pyramid builders, and how important this cemetery is for learning about ancient Egyptian history. I also shared with them some of my adventures in archaeology. The kids enjoyed learning about how exciting archaeology can be, and how they could become a part of it. Then, my assistant showed them the excavations and taught them about how to excavate. They learned how to take photographs, record objects, and make plans of a site.
I was very glad these children were able to come visit Egypt and learn about the heritage and archaeology of Egypt, and especially to spend time with Egyptian kids and learn with them. They were able to gain hands-on experience with excavation and I am hoping that this will inspire the children to be passionate about archaeology and ancient Egypt
Dr. Hawass speaks to the group of children from Indiana and Cairo about his adventures in archaeology. (Photo: Jennifer Willoughby)