This piece is from 2009 but still worth reading...
Kara Cooney is a striking, six-foot-tall Irish/Italian-American brunette with a quick wit and an odd fascination with things that would bore the pants off of many young women."I love anything old and dead," she says. "I have always loved anything old and dead ... but Egypt just had this special quality. I've been doing this since 1994, when I started graduate school, and I have not been disappointed yet.
"It's an incredibly powerful culture and an incredibly innovative culture. I'm still waiting to be disappointed. There are still moments where I go, 'Oh, my God.'
"I'm not bored."