LECTURE: Ancient Egypt: The Greatest Discoveries You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Find us
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Chapter: Portland, Oregon, in cooperation with the Middle East Studies Center of Portland State University
Presenter: Dr. Donald P. Ryan, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington
Location: Room 236, Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University
Free admission and open to the public. Free parking in PSU parking structures after 7:00 p.m.
Description: Most people are familiar with the tomb of Tutankhamun, the Great Pyramid, the Rosetta Stone, and a handful of other iconic symbols of Egypt’s ancient past. But 200 years of exploration have revealed much more that is likewise well-deserving of broader attention.
Join Dr. Ryan as he takes us on a side-illustrated tour of these discoveries, sharing his knowledge of archaeologists and their explorations that, for whatever reason, have not received the headlines they merited.
These discoveries showcase a number of dynasties, locations and events in the long story of ancient Egypt. They range from papyri to solar boats, from sarcophagi to funerary treasures, and from a site that would have rivaled the tomb of Tutankhamun to a burial of non-royal mummies in the Valley of the Kings. While some of these amazing discoveries have mostly escaped public notice, Dr Ryan convincingly concludes that they are not less significant because of that! Test your knowledge and expect some surprises.
About the Speaker: Dr. Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D., is an archaeologist and Faculty Fellow in the Division of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He 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 is the veteran of many expeditions and is the author of numerous scientific and popular articles on archaeological subjects. His many books include fun “starter” books such as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ancient Egypt and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Lost Civilizations. In 2010, his autobiographical book, Beneath the Sands of Egypt—Adventures of an Unconventional Archaeologist described his life, his intriguing explorations, and the remarkable rediscovery of a lost tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.