National Geographic : 2009 Apr
INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOS: KENNETH GARRETT TOP ; CHRISTY STEELE, NG STAFF IN THE STUDIO Oil Painting That's not just any ebony puddle oozing across this issue's "Crude Currents" piece on oil spills: It's actual Venezuelan crude. Researcher Mary McPeak spent hours tracking down the stuff, then---since it qualifies as a haz- ardous substance---had to find out about its proper handling and disposal to get it shipped to Geographic headquarters. There design editor Oliver Uberti (at right) artfully drizzled the goo and tried to survive its fumes. Unveiled Probably no man in the world knows more Egyptian mummies---or more about them---than Zahi Hawass, secretary gen- eral of that country's Supreme Council of Antiquities and director of the Egyptian Mummy Project. The National Geographic explorer-in- residence checked in with his (very old) friend Hatshepsut, subject of this month's "The King Herself," when a panel was removed from her display case to give photographer Ken Garrett a better view. Hawass was leader of the effort to identify the remains as those of the fabled female ruler from ancient Egypt's 18th dynasty. Zahi Hawass exam- ines the mummy of Hatshepsut in Cairo's Egyptian Museum. Photographer Rebecca Hale (at left) and Oliver Uberti do some dirty work.