LECTURE: MONKEYS IN ANCIENT EGYPT’S VALLEY OF THE KINGS: THE SEARCH FOR THREE UNUSUAL TOMBS Find us
Dr. Don Ryan, Pacific Lutheran University
In past years. Pacific Lutheran University’s Valley of the Kings Project has examined and documented several of the smaller tombs found in Egypt's royal New Kingdom cemetery: the Valley of the Kings. Recently, the focus of the Project became three curious tombs which, when first encountered by the famous American excavator Theodore Davis in 1906, were found to contain the mummies of monkeys and a dog as well as other animals.
The exact locations of these tombs were subsequently lost. The lecture will describe the latest research and Dr. Ryan’s quest to rediscover these enigmatic burials.
Dr. Donald P. Ryan is an archaeologist and Faculty Fellow in the Division of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. 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. A veteran of many expeditions, he is also the author of numerous scientific and popular articles and several books on archaeological subjects. His 2010 book, Beneath the Sands of Egypt—Adventures of an Unconventional Archaeologist, describes his life, his intriguing explorations, and the remarkable rediscovery of a lost tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Two new works, Ancient Egypt: The Basics, and Ancient Egypt in Verse: An Anthology of Nineteenth Century Poetry, were recently published.
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.