Egyptian mummies have captured the public imagination for centuries, as if carrying their spirits through time. Serena Love will explore how and why ancient civilisations created these ‘immortal’ human remains, from naturally made to artificial mummies and all the gruesome details in between. Serena will talk through the evolving techniques of mummification for humans and animals, the surviving textual sources and the rituals of one of ancient Egypt’s most iconic objects: the mummy.

Meet the UQ presenter

Serena Love

Dr Serena Love is an archaeologist and has spent the past 24 years working at various sites in Egypt, Turkey, Israel, and Iraq. Her fascination with archaeology was cultivated from a young age that solidified when she studied at the American University in Cairo (1994-1995) and she continued to earn a PhD (2010) from Stanford University. In Egypt, she has worked with the Giza Plateau Mapping Project, Egypt Exploration Society’s Survey of Memphis, helped document KV5 (the tomb of the sons of Rameses II) for the Theban Mapping Project, and more recently was involved with the Brown University Abydos Project. She has published papers on symbolic landscapes and institutional memory in ancient Egypt. Serena is currently a honorary research fellow at the School of Social Science, University of Queensland and works as a Senior Archaeologist for Everick Heritage Consultants in Brisbane.

Adult: $20
Concession: $15
Student: $16

About UQ at World Science Festival Brisbane

The University of Queensland is proud to partner with the Queensland Museum for the third World Science Festival Brisbane from 21-25 March 2018.

Held annually in New York since 2008 the World Science Festival is now one of the most celebrated science festivals in the world, and this year it's coming back to Brisbane!

The University of Queensland will showcase our expertise across all aspects of science through talks, panels and engaging science demonstrations during World Science Festival Brisbane.

Full program.


Queensland Museum & Science Centre, Grey Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Queensland Museum