Curiosity-driven people have brought about some of the greatest advances and achievements in human history. Archeologist Donald P. Ryan is a prime example. Ryan’s curiosity started in his early childhood—with plastic dinosaurs and his father’s National Geographic collection—and followed him along his dream path of become a “real-life” Indiana Jones. Beneath the Sands of Egypt: Adventures of an Unconventional Archeologist is Ryan’s intriguing personal account of a career spent researching the remains of Egypt’s past—including his headline-making discovery of a lost tomb in the Valley of the Kings containing the famous female pharaoh Hatshepsut in 1989.
Ryan interweaves captivating tales from the field with reflections into the world of Egyptology, from the writings of Herodotus to the tools of the trade, the intricacies of obtaining a digging permit to the thrall of popular myths. Throughout, Ryan adds his unique touch, looking into corners that other scholars and explorers have ignored, reminding us how an artifact as seemingly insignificant as a piece of rope can unlock invaluable insights and offer its own wonderful tale. Infused with the charm and irrepressible curiosity that has fueled his journey, Beneath the Sands of Egypt is the extraordinary story a man who has spent a lifetime embracing adventure whenever—and wherever—he finds it. And he’s only just begun!
For more information on Dr. Ryan and his work, please visit his departmental web page—complete with additional resources!