Question 9 – Which discovery came as the greatest surprise? Meaning what might have been found, that was least expected?
There are many, like when I found the Valley of the Golden Mummies – I never expected to discover this big valley of mummies covered with gold at Bahariya Oasis. People called this discovery "the Tutankhamun" of the Graeco-Roman period! Also, there was the discovery of the tombs of the pyramid builders. I had a question mark in my doctoral dissertation, because evidence for the workmen who built the pyramids had never been found at any site, and this made the New Age people talk a lot about aliens and all kind of things that aren't true. In my opinion, the discovery of the tombs of the pyramid builders is really amazing because it tells us for the first time about the lives of the workmen who built the pyramids – the food, the bakery, the area for salted fish, the area they lived in and the tombs. Sometimes there are discoveries that we never expect to make, but when we make them, they really contribute enormously to our understanding of the ancient Egyptians.