Michael started his career as a guide in 1996, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in tourism guidance. He also volunteered to work as an interpreter for a British charity that provides care and support for children with disabilities, and the community service enhanced his social experience.
While in Luxor in 1999, Michael was introduced to The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Working with them increased his awareness of new techniques related to mapping, cataloguing, and developing archaeological sites. In 2001, he took his first trip to the United States and after visiting different museums, he participated in an expedition field trip to Yellowstone National Park—a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After this expedition, he became super interested in geology, and began studying Egyptian and North African geology.
In order to work with different cultures, he joined École du Louvre in France to study art and history. In 2003, he began to work as a guide for École du Louvre and les Amis de l’Histoire. Later on, he became a member of the École du Louvre research team. His best work was on project that recorded and studied the astronomical scenes of the New Kingdom era, and he fell in love with every site with those scenes, especially Dendera and Valley of the Kings.
In 2015, he decided to study the Chinese language, a pictographic language just like ancient Egyptian. It is amazing to find the similarity between the ancient Egyptian calligraphy and that of Chinese. His learning and searching continue, and he enjoys sharing his journey with field trip participants.
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