Renowned Researcher Returns from Egypt’s Valley of the Kings to Speak at UM

March 15, 2016

MISSOULA – Donald Ryan, archaeologist and faculty Fellow in the Division of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University, will speak at the University of Montana at 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center’s Montana Theatre. UM’s Department of Anthropology and the Montana Museum of Art & Culture will co-host the event, which is free and open to the public.

Ryan recently returned from working in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings where his discoveries included lost tombs and controversial mummies. His lecture, “Ancient Egypt: The Greatest Discoveries You’ve Probably Never Heard Of,” will not only update the audience on his most recent research in Egypt but also will focus on 200 years of exploration that revealed discoveries which are, according to Ryan, as deserving of recognition as more popular discoveries such as the Tomb of Tutankhamun, the Great Pyramids and the Rosetta Stone.

In addition to Egyptian archaeology, Ryan’s interests include Polynesian archaeology and the history of exploration and ancient languages and scripts. He has led many expeditions and is the author of 11 books and numerous scientific and popular articles on archaeological subjects.

For several years, Ryan worked closely with world-renowned Norwegian explorer, archaeologist and writer, the late Thor Heyerdahl. 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.

Ryan has previously presented at UM, under the co-sponsorship of the Department of Anthropology and the MMAC, to at-capacity audiences.

For more information on Ryan visit https://community.plu.edu/~ryandp/.

Contact: Kelly Dixon, UM anthropology professor, UM Cultural Heritage and Anthropological Research Group director, 406-243-5681 or 612-247-6414 (cell), kelly.dixon@umontana.edu; Barbara Koostra, director, Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM, 406-243-2020 or 406-544-6228 (cell), barbara.koostra@mso.umt.edu.