believe anything could be so bad but now I've seen the show and ity seems more that you
were sugar coating the truth and using polly anna goggles. This thing (especially episode 2)
has some of the funniest stuff ever caught on film. These guys make the Keystone Cops
look like the Harlem Globetrotters. A mummy has little to fear from these stumble bums but
every mommy and daddy does. In the first episode someone gets trapped so people rush in
with no tools and no first aid. In the second a man's back goes out and there is a repeat but
this time an older overweight and clautrophobic producer goes in with no equipment but a ra-
dio. Hawass' treatment of people is despicable in the extreme. Even animal reflexes are suf-
ficient cause for him to lose his temper and destroy the career of a young woman. He has the
gull to lambast a man for simply suggesting that aliens could have been invoilved and imposes
his religion on all. His religion is unique to himself as he says the pyramid is sacred. The run
emotions inspired by this film is extensive and it probably affected me much more than most be-
cause of my perspective but it was simply hilarious. At the end he says he's unilaterally closing
the pyramid because his handheld hygrometer said the humidity in the enclosed relieving cham-
bers with several people in it at 76% and that humidy causes salt!!!
I know this is just a film but it still leaves me shaken. I wonder if it any of it is real. God help us all.
I think I watched maybe about half of the first episode, and that was too much for me. A friend with whom I work at the museum kept watching the show even though she hated it. She described it as the same thing as a train wreck: it's horrendous but you can't look away.
The most important thing to remember is, every bit of it is fake. All of the characters and supposed "students" are actors. It is all scripted. Hawass laid it on thick with his abrasive personality for the sake of ratings. It was a farce and painted the legitimate field of Egyptology in a cartoonish way, so I personally found the show to be juvenile, absent of intellectual merit, and a general waste of time. So, in all honesty, one of the side benefits of the toppling of the Mubarak regime was the end of Chasing Mummies, because Hawass was tossed out with Mubarak.
I didn't see the episode where he's talking about the relieving chamber, so I'm not familiar with what he said. You sure he didn't say King's Chamber? I just find it odd because tourists don't go in the relieving chambers in the first place, so there would be no such cause for alarm. Even vetted historians rarely go in those tight spaces. But if this is indeed what Hawass said, it would be a good example of his bumbling efforts to sound authoritative and all-knowing for the TV cameras. No, of course humidity doesn't cause salt, and Hawass knows that perfectly well. However, high and steady levels of humidity definitely cause a dangerous increase in the leeching of salt from the mineral matrix in limestone monuments, which is very problematic as far as conservation is concerned. This is a common problem for ancient monuments up and down the Nile Valley.