Some people might look to Dr Zahi Hawass, bedecked in Indiana Jones denim shirt and Stetson hat, for a paragon of archaeological cool. Others could point to Kathleen Martinez, currently hunting for the tomb of Cleopatra at Taposiris Magna, as the epitome of a dynamic modern adventurer. But how many Egyptologists could realistically hold their own on long-running US chat show TheLate Late Show, hosted by Scottish funnyman Craig Ferguson? I’m struggling to think of any – much less anyone who’s done it three times. It must have been child’s play when the lovely Dr Kara Cooneyspoke to me about her recent series Out of Egypt. Enjoy: there aren’t many times you’ll catch an Egyptologist chatting about ‘dirty wet parts’ (of a mummified body, ahem) on prime-time television.
We’ve got interviews with some of the ancient world’s biggest names here at Heritage Key. Take a look at some of these:
- Josef Wegner on Abydos
- Dr Zahi Hawass in Indianapolis
- Bob Brier on reading mummies
- VIDEO:John Julius Norwich on the world’s greatest cities