Ancient Secrets: The Sphinx

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Hawass is the Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and is a leading authority on Old Kingdom Egypt. He has directed many excavations on the Giza Plateau and published numerous books on ancient Egypt including The Secrets of the Sphinx: Restoration Past and Present.

Mark Lehner is the Director of Ancient Egypt Research Associates and a visiting professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the Oriental Institute and the Harvard Semitic Museum. He has excavated and surveyed on the Giza Plateau for more than 30 years and is the author of Archaeology of an Image: The Great Sphinx of Giza and The Complete Pyramids: Solving Ancient Mysteries.

Kasia Szpakowska is an Egyptologist at Swansea University in Wales and specializes in ancient Egyptian religious practices and beliefs. Among her key publications on the subject of dreams are Behind Closed Eyes: Dreams and Nightmares in Ancient Egypt and Through a Glass Darkly: Magic, Dreams, and Prophecy in Ancient Egypt (ed.).

Rainer Stadelmann is a professor emeritus at the University of Heidelberg and former director of the German Archaeological Institute of Cairo. He has excavated throughout Egypt for decades and published extensively on the Old Kingdom period, including The Egyptian Pyramids, from Brick to the Wonders of the World and The Great Pyramids at Giza.

Günter Dreyer is the director of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo and has excavated at Abydos for more than thirty years. He has published numerous books and articles in German on his work at Abydos and on Egypt in general during pre-dynastic and Old Kingdom times.

Richard Redding is Curator of the Zooarchaeology Laboratory at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology and Chief Research Office of Ancient Egypt Research Associates. He has excavated at sites throughout Egypt for more than 25 years.

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