'Indiana Jones of Egypt' visits Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - They call him the Indiana Jones of Egypt.

On Wednesday night, world famous Egyptologist Doctor Zahi Hawass spoke to a sold out crowd at Union Station.

In his first-ever visit to Kansas City, Dr. Hawass shared stories of his explorations as an archeologist. He's credited with many recent discoveries including the tombs of the pyramid builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Baharia.

"I have been working with King Tut for many years. I made important discoveries about his family. I found the mummy of his father; I found the mummy of his mother. I found many important members of the family. The most important thing that we found out for the first time is how King Tut died. He was not murdered. We found out he was a disabled boy and he died while he was riding a chariot," Dr. Hawass said.

Dr. Hawass was also one of the driving forces behind getting the real King Tut treasures back to Egypt, where they will stay forever.

"Egypt will never allow those objects to leave Egypt," he said.

It's a move that has angered some, but Dr. Hawass said the originals are too delicate to handle. Replicas, like ones in Kansas City, are the closest many of us will ever get to the real deal.

Dr. Hawass said there's a bright side to this, he claims replicas actually allow for a better educational experience because they're less fragile.

"Each object was made exactly like the original. The people will feel the magic and the mystery of King Tut," he said.

Hawas has made numerous TV appearances around the world, including National Geographic, Discovery, History Channel and the Today Show. He is also the spokesman for CNN on archeological news in Egypt.

If you missed Dr. Hawass Wednesday night, he will be back at Union Station for a meet and greet between 3 and 4 p.m.

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