Abstract: "Beneath the Sands of Egypt: An archaeologist explores the Valley of the Kings."


After nearly two hundred years of exploration, and over 90 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.


Short bibliography on lecture topic:


C.N. Reeves and Richard H. Wilkinson, 2002, The Complete Valley of the Kings, Thames & Hudson.

Donald P. Ryan, 2010, Ancient Egypt on 5 Deben a Day, Thames & Hudson.

Donald P. Ryan, 2010, Beneath the Sands of Egypt: Adventures of an Unconventional Archaeologist,  Harper/Collins.

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