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National Geographic has new resident explorer

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The archaeologist who led the exploration of Egypt's Valley of the Golden Mummies has been chosen National Geographic's eighth explorer-in-residence.

Zahi Hawass, director of the famed Giza pyramids outside the capital, Cairo, was named to the program Wednesday to join such well-known explorers and scientists as Robert Ballard, Jane Goodall and Sylvia Earle.

The explorers-in-residence program does not require the honorees to live in Washington, but it establishes a close relationship between them and National Geographic, which supports their work and often publishes their findings.