An archaeologist reveals the secret of the laughter of Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi during a visit to the pyramids

Zahi Hawass, the great Egyptian archaeologist nicknamed the "Guardian of Egyptian Antiquities," revealed the secret of the laughter of the late Egyptian leaders Hosni Mubarak and Libyan Muammar Gaddafi, during their visit to the pyramids in January 1993.

Hawass said, "President Mubarak came to witness new archaeological discoveries, accompanied by Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, who was on a visit to Egypt at the time, and that was in January 1993."

He explained that these discoveries included the tombs of workers who built the pyramids.

He continued, "I was explaining to President Mubarak and Colonel Gaddafi the identity of the statues in the pyramids, and when we entered the Sphinx area in the square directly in front of the statue, I saw some archaeologists, Amal Samuel (inspector of pyramid antiquities) and the police putting the statues on a table, and then I went to the table and started explaining the identity of statues."

Hawass stated, according to Al-Watan newspaper, that "when we arrived at the statue of the dwarf whose name is (Berni Ankho), I began to explain the role of dwarves in the Egyptian civilization, and that there is a text in hieroglyphic writing on the side of the statue saying that the dwarf was the one who entertained the king. The statue was made of black granite, so he asked me President Mubarak (who is this dwarf?) I replied that he is from Sudan, and everyone laughed hysterically, as my response impressed Gaddafi, who was repeating while we were in front of the pyramid: It was the Sudanese who built it.

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