DONALD P. RYAN
Division of Humanities
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, Washington 98447 USA
* Directed excavations, conservations activities and research in Egypt’s ancient New Kingdom cemetery, the Valley of the Kings.
- Excavated and documented ten undecorated tombs, each with noteworthy results.
- Rediscovered the lost tomb KV 60 in which was found a mummy since identified as the female pharaoh, Hatshepsut.
- Conducted a field season in the Valley dedicated to conservation.
* Served as the full-time research collaborator of Thor Heyerdahl during the last seven years of his life.
* Co-director (with Thor Heyerdahl) of excavations at the Piramides de Guimar, Tenerife, Canary Islands.
* Author of more than a dozen books (with translations in several languagesi) including an archaeological memoir (Beneath the Sands of Egypt in German, Im Band der Pharaonen) and a travel guide to pharaonic Egypt (Ancient Egypt on Five Deben a Day). * Author of dozens of popular and scientific articles.
* Co-author (with David Hansen) of a British Museum Occasional Paper.
* Conducted field work with Hawaiian petroglyphs.
* Presenter of scholarly papers at dozens of US and international conferences.
* Presenter of numerous invited guest popular lectures.
* Work has been featured in, or I have served as a consultant for, television programs produced by BBC, Discovery Channel, History Channel and several others.
* College/University instructor for 30+ years including courses in history, archaeology, Egyptology, anthropology, writing, expedition training, and mountaineering.
* Awards include Pacific Lutheran University Outstanding Alumnus (2010) and Vancouver Award (Explorers Club Northwest Chapter – 2011)
* Fellow, The Explorers Club; Fellow, Royal Geographical Society.
* Research Associate, Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo, Norway.
* Former professional mountain guide/mountaineering instructor.
1988 Doctor of Philosophy, Archaeology, Union Graduate School, The Union Institute , Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dissertation: "The archaeological excavations of David George Hogarth at Asyut, Egypt 1906/07."
Topic Supervisors: Dr. Mark Papworth, Dr. David Lorton.
1979 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (International Relations), Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington.
1975 Army & Navy Academy, Carlsbad, California.
Areas of interest include:
Archaeology of Egypt, the Near East and the Bible, History of Archaeology,
History of Languages and Scripts, Archaeology of Polynesia, History of Exploration and Early Seafaring, Diffusion Theory.
PROJECTS AND EXPEDITIONS:
2005-present Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project [Director]
2004 Digital Epigraphy Project, Kaupulehu, Hawaii [Director]
1997-2000 Excavations, Pyramides de Guimar, Tenerife, Canary Islands [Field Director]
1995-2002 Research grant to work with Thor Heyerdahl, Kon-Tiki Museum, Norway.
1995-96 Archaeological reconnaissance, Morocco.
1993 Valley of the Kings Preservation Project [Director]
1989-91 Pacific Lutheran University (P.L.U.) Valley of the Kings Project* [Director]
1988 Kom el-Hisn Project, Egypt (University of Washington.)
1987 Dissertation Research, British Museum, London*
1986 Egyptian Botanical Collection, Egypt
1986 Excavations at Ashkelon, Israel (Harvard U.)
1985 Excavations at Ashkelon, Israel (U. of Chicago)
1984 British Museum Egyptian Cordage Study, London
1984 Fayyum Archaeological Project, Egypt (U. of WA.)
1983-1984 Egyptian Archaeological Cordage Study, Egypt
1983 Kaupulehu Petroglyph Project, Hawaii
1983 Archaeological Project Development, Egypt
1982 El-Hibeh Cordage Study
1981 Fayyum Archaeological Project, Egypt (U. of WA.)
In press: 2022 Book: A Year in the Life in the Life of Ancient Egypt. O'Mara Books
In preparation: 2022 Book: An Account of Myself: Autobiographical Musings of the Man Who Found the Tomb of Tutankhamun." American University in Cairo Press
2021 "Egyptomania & Magical Mysteries: Ancient Egyptian Influences during the Golden Age of Stage Magic." KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 31(4):57-65.
2019 "KV 60: A retrospective." KMT: A Modern Journal of Egyptology 30(4):61-66.
2019 "The Valley of the Kings revisited." Current World Archaeology #94:16-21.
2018 "Monkey Business in the Valley of the Kings: Three Unusual Tombs Revisited." KMT: A Modern Journal of Egyptology 29(2):42-49
2018 "Preparing to Die (in Ancient Egypt)." Dig (a children's archaeology magazine) Sept. issue.
2018 "Visita el Antiguo Egipto: Entrevista a Donald P. Ryan." (with Gustavo Puerta). La Leche! Primavera 2018: 17-18.
2018 Book: 24 Hours in Ancient Egypt.
London: Michael O'Mara.
2017 Two Articles in The Sea in World History. "Thor Heyerdahl" and "Queen Mary II."
Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
2016 Book: Ancient Egypt in Verse: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Poetry.
Cairo: American University in Cairo Press.
2016 Book: Ancient Egypt: The Basics. London: Routledge.
2016 "The Poetic World of Giovanni Battista Belzoni." Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities 42:47-67.
2016 "The very brief Theban excavation of H.S.Whitaker." In, J. van Dijk (ed.), Another Mouthful of Dust: Egyptological Studies in Honour of Geoffrey Thorndike Martin. Leuven: Peeters.
2016 Book: O Antigo Egipto Por Cinco Deben Ao Dia. Bizancio, Lisboa.
2015 “KV 60: Ein rätselhaftes Grab in Tal der Könige."
In, Michael Höveler-Müller, ed., Das Hatschepsut-Puzzle. Nünnerich-Asmus: Mainz.
2014 Contributor of seven chapters to "Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki in New Light" In, Kon-Tiki Museum Occasional Papers 14.
2013 "Beginner's Guide to Ancient Egypt."
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt
2013 Book: El Antiguo Egipto Por Cinco Deben Al Día. Madrid: Akal.
2012 New introduction to the book, Kon-Tiki , by Thor Heyerdahl.
Published in Norwegian by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag (Oslo)
2012 Three articles in The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ("Meretseger", "Ozymandias", "Valley of the Kings"). Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell.
2012 Book: Okori Egyiptom Napi Öt Debenböl. Budapest: Scolar.
2011 Book: Im Band der Pharaonen. Stuttgart: Theiss.
2010 Book: Ancient Egypt on Five Deben a Day.
New York /London: Thames & Hudson,
2010 Book: Egypt 1250 B.C.: A Traveler's Guide.
Cairo: American University in Cairo Press.
(Same as book noted above.)
2010 The Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: Work conducted during the 2007 Field Season." Annales du Service des Antiquités de l'Égypte 84:383-388.
2010 Book: Beneath the Sands of Egypt.
New York: HarperCollins.
2010 "Five Field Seasons in the Royal Necropolis: The Second Phase of the Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project." KMT: A Modern Journal of Egyptology: 21(4).
2010 Book: Misterele Bibliei.
Bucharet: Curtea Veche
(Romanian Translation of book on Biblical Mysteries noted below.)
2010 "Remembrance: T.G.H. James." (with Nicholas Reeves)
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 21(1)62-64.
2009 "'Aikupika Kahiko A Me Ka 'Olelo Hawai'i: Ancient Egypt and the Hawaiian Language."
2007 Book: "A shattered visage lies...": Nineteenth Century Poetry Inspired by Ancient Egypt. Bolton: Rutherford Press.
2007 Book: Civilisations Disparues. Paris: Marabout
2007 "The Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: Work conducted during the 2005 Field Season." Annales du Service des Antiquités de l'Égypte 81:345-356-361. 2007 "The Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: Work conducted during the 2006 Field Season." Annales du Service des Antiquités de l'Égypte 81:357-361. 2007 "Ancient Egypt on Stage: A brief introduction to two splendid operas."
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 18(3):75-85.
2007 "Cleopatra Had a Jazz Band: Egypt in Early 20th century sheet music."
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 18(1):72-80. :
2006 "Ibsen and Egypt. (with Claudia Berguson)
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 17
2005 "The Pharaoh and the Poet."
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 16(4):76-83.
2005 "Cone Conundrum."
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 15(4):59-66.
2004 "Exploring the Valley of the Kings." In, Secrets of Ancient Egypt.
Long Island: Hatherleigh Press. pp.117-125.
2004 "The Great Temple revealed: Giovanni Battista Belzoni at Abu Simbel."
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 15(2):68-82.
2004 Book: Everything Family Guide to Hawaii.
Avon: Adams Media.
2003 "Mapping the Poike Ditch." (with R. Reanier).
In, Easter Island: Scientific Exploration into the World's Environmental Problems in Microcosm.
ed. by J. Loret and J. Tanacredi. Kluwer Academic. pp. 207-221.
2003 Book: The Complete Idiot's Guide to The World of the Bible.
New York: Alpha Books.
2002 Book: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ancient Egypt.
New York: Alpha Books.
2002 Three articles about Around the World with Capt. James Cook: "Sailing the Seas", "More than Making
Maps", "Captain Cook's Final Voyage".
Calliope (children's history magazine) 12(9): 16-19, 33-35, 38-40.
2001 "A Beginner's Guide to Egyptology: 2001."
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 12(2):52-59.
2001 "Basketry, matting and cordage."
In, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt 1:164-166.
2001 "Historical perspectives of prehistoric seafaring in the Pacific."
No Barriers Seminar Papers, Kon-Tiki Museum, Vol. 3: 27-30.
2000 Book: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Biblical Mysteries.
New York: Macmillan.
2000 "Pottery from the Valley of the Kings: Tombs KV 21, 27, 28, 44, 45, and 60."
(with Barbara and David Aston)
Cahiers de la Ceramique Égyptienne 6:11-26.
2000 Three articles about Tomb Builders: "The Valley of the Kings", "A Village in time.", "The Tomb Robbers
of Ancient Egypt: Desecrators of the Dead."
Calliope 11(1): 27-29, 36-37.
1999 Book: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Lost Civilizations.
New York: Macmillan.
1998 "American Indians in the Pacific: A 50 year retrospective of the Kon-Tiki Expedition."
In, Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Easter Island and East Polynesia. ed. by C. Stevenson et al. Pp.379-385.
1997 "Thor Heyerdahl et l'Expedition Kon-Tiki: Mythe et Realite."
Bulletin de la Société des Etudes Océaniennes 275:22-35.
1997 "Thor Heyerdahl: the life and legacy of an explorer, scholar and world citizen."
The Explorers Journal 75(1):14-16..
1997 Article on "Ancient Egyptian Basketry."
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Art (now Grove Encyclopedia of Art),
1996 "David George Hogarth: A somewhat reluctant Egyptologist."
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 7(2):77-81.
1995 "Further observations concerning the Valley of the Kings."
1987 Book Review of: S. Curto and L. Donatelli (1985), "Bernardino Drovetti Epistolario."