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Labib HabachiThe Life and Legacy of an Egyptologist$
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Jill Kamil

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160615

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160615.001.0001

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Labib Habachi and Ahmed Fakhry

Labib Habachi and Ahmed Fakhry

(p.177) Chapter 7 Labib Habachi and Ahmed Fakhry
Labib Habachi

Jill Kamil

American University in Cairo Press

The careers of Labib Habachi and Ahmed Fakhry invite comparison. They were born within a year of each other, shared a love of their country and its people, were among the first graduates of Egyptology from Cairo University in 1928, and both voiced grave concern for the preservation of Egypt's ancient monuments. Habachi and Fakhry both realized the rich archaeological potential of their country and voiced concern for its protection. Habachi witnessed damage to monuments from continued urban expansion and road and rail connections in the Delta and made every effort to draw attention to the importance of excavation and documentation “before it was too late.” Fakhry found the desert strewn with surface flints, as well as temples, tombs, ancient towns, and fortresses, and faced the problem of who could sponsor the well-organized expeditions needed to save them.

Keywords:   Labib Habachi, Ahmed Fakhry, tombs, Egypt, preservation

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