Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Indiana Jones

You may have heard the recent interview on KRBD (courtesy of Shady Grove Oliver from KCAW - a CoastAlaska station in Sitka) with Dr. Donald P. Ryan.  This archaeologist talked about his work, and the excitement of finding the long-sought tomb KV 60 a mere half-hour after beginning the search.  You may have been intrigued at the way in which the well-preserved mummy he found was matched to the known remains of the famous Hatshepsut, the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt.  You may have been drawn in by his obvious enthusiasm for his life's work and the field of archaeology altogether.  You may have said to yourself "by golly, that man should write a book about this".
Well, he has.  Beneath the Sands of Egypt: adventures of an unconventional archaeologist was recently added to our new book shelves (as I was listening to the radio interview, I thought his account seemed very familiar - when I hopped on our online catalog, I realized why).  Learn more about this real-life Indiana Jones and the combination of tedium and serendipity that make archaeology such an amazing career.  And if you want to listen to Oliver's interview with Dr. Ryan, you may.

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