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> Since 1993, when Rudolf was
> elbowed out of this project, it became obvious that Zahi
> Hawass and his media cronies wanted to take over and control
> this exploration and 'milk it'. Hawass kept on stalling the
> matter year after year until he could become Chairman of the
> SCA. This happened a few months ago, and within weeks he put
> his plan into action with Fox/National Geographic. Everyone
> knows that he is their 'man' in Egypt, always giving them
> exclusivity on all big events viz. the live boradcasts of the
> so-called 'opening of the tomb' and 'Golden Mummies' in 1999
> and 2001. Shows like these are sold to over a 100 channels
> around the world for mega-bucks; some of it officially goes
> to the SCA in cash and 'publicity'; most goes to Fox and NG;
> and a some finds its way into private pockets. I remember
> when the Canadian Peter Zuuring approached Hawass in 1995-6
> to get involved in this deal, there was secret talk between
> him and 'agents' of deals going to tens of millions of dollars.

Robert, while I sadly concede that you're probably right about is business.

I hate to say it, by why not milk it? Conservation projects in Egypt need money. You know this.

I wish it was different but both of us know there are hundreds of under funded projects.

> But not withstanding that archaeology is being turned into a
> 'Fox/NG' money-making extravaganza, it is a terrible disgrace
> how this important archaeological project was literally
> snatched away from its legitimate discoverer, Rudolf
> Gantenbrink

I agree.

> and 'taken over' by Hawass and friends. For
> years this man has led the world up the garden path by
> 'posponing' the event from date to date to suit his agenda.
> In any case, in my opinion all that we shall be shown is more
> or less a repeat --albeit Fox style-- of what Gantenbrink
> had already achieved anyway with his Upuaut II robot in March
> 1993.

You're saying they aren't going to reveal anything? Just walk us up the shafts?

> For the record, Gantenbrink told me last night that he will
> not watch the live Fox/NG broadcast on the 16 September. If
> it's anything like the last two Fox 'specials' with Hawass,
> I'm not sure if I will watch either.

Well you wont know until you watch it.

> Best
> RB

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Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 253 Robert Bauval 06-Aug-02 19:06
Awesome!!!! 130 mason 06-Aug-02 19:07
Re: Awesome!!!! 160 Jason Lee 06-Aug-02 19:08
Re: Awesome!!!! 145 PriorityRed 06-Aug-02 19:40
Re: Awesome!!!! - Question for Robert 161 SJ McBride 06-Aug-02 19:52
OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 141 Robert Bauval 06-Aug-02 19:59
Re: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 163 R Avry Wilson 06-Aug-02 23:12
Re: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 199 Robert Bauval 07-Aug-02 07:46
Re: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 232 Pete VanderZwet 07-Aug-02 08:24
Re: Exciting, yet.... 164 khephra 06-Aug-02 23:14
Re: Exciting, yet.... 202 mason 06-Aug-02 23:39
Re: Exciting, yet.... 139 khephra 06-Aug-02 23:47
Northern Shaft 132 Pete VanderZwet 06-Aug-02 20:45
Geez, even Pete is all excited (lol) 124 Kees 06-Aug-02 21:03
Re: Northern Shaft 148 PriorityRed 07-Aug-02 02:43
Re: Northern Shaft 152 Holger Isenberg 08-Aug-02 09:54
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 141 Kees 06-Aug-02 21:06
Thanks Robert but ... 158 Don Barone 06-Aug-02 21:25
Re: Thanks Robert but ... 123 alye 06-Aug-02 23:53
Re: Gantenbrink door: So what... 149 chapter71 06-Aug-02 21:56
Re: Gantenbrink door: So what... 155 Pete VanderZwet 07-Aug-02 03:09
Re: Gantenbrink door: So what... 125 chapter71 07-Aug-02 12:14
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 128 modeldon 07-Aug-02 03:45
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 130 Mr. Ron 07-Aug-02 04:22
Live Broadcast?! 151 Billy 07-Aug-02 07:17
Re: Live Broadcast?! 152 Pete VanderZwet 07-Aug-02 08:26
Re: Live Broadcast?! 146 Gordon 07-Aug-02 11:36
Re: Live Broadcast?! 156 SandyM 07-Aug-02 15:52
My prediction 136 Lee McGiffen 07-Aug-02 12:04
Re: My prediction 159 basxruiter 08-Aug-02 21:03
perspective 176 Scousebob 09-Aug-02 04:20
press anouncement 150 Seraph 07-Aug-02 14:28
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 150 DarleenMB 07-Aug-02 14:49
Re: Gantenbrink door and my prediction 194 calisurfer30 07-Aug-02 15:53
Cheers ! Mine's a Pint ! 188 Thirdwave 07-Aug-02 16:04
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 185 daisho 07-Aug-02 23:48
IT'S HAPPENING? IT HAS HAPPENED! 172 SomeString 09-Aug-02 16:37
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 155 Askani 09-Aug-02 19:59
Re: Gantenbrink door: Damage? 162 montmagic 10-Aug-02 02:54

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