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September 27, 2014
Donald P. Ryan: Faculty Fellow, Division of Humanities, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington
"Beneath the Sands of Egypt: An archaeologist explores the Valley of the Kings."
After nearly two hundred years of exploration, and over ninety years since the finding of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, the Valley of the Kings continues to produce new discoveries and insights. In this lecture, archaeologist/Egyptologist Donald P. Ryan will share some of the many fascinating surprises he has uncovered while investigating some of the lesser-known tombs in the ancient royal cemetery. These include the rediscovery of a tomb in which the recently-identified mummy of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut was found, and indications that a surprising number and variety of individuals were buried amidst the pharaohs in the Valley.
Ryan is best known for his research in Egypt including excavations in the Valley of the Kings where he has discovered lost tombs and controversial mummies. He has led many expeditions and is the author of nine books and numerous scientific and popular articles on archaeological subjects. One of his latest books is the highly praised archaeological memoir, Beneath the Sands of Egypt. Ryan's work has been featured on a number of television documentaries. For several years he worked closely with the world-renowned Norwegian explorer, archaeologist and writer, the late Thor Heyerdahl, whose open-minded approach to the topic of early human use of the ocean was a hallmark of his remarkable research. Ryan is a Research Associate at the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway, and a Fellow of both The Explorers Club and The Royal Geographical Society.