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University of Queensland
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ancient Egypt, pyramids, sacred landscapes, phenomenology, ancient architecture, mudbricks, Catalhoyuk, Neolithic, prehistory
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About Me

I am an anthropological archaeologist, holding a PhD from Stanford University (2010). My research focuses on sacred and profane architecture, ranging from Neolithic (6,000 BC) to Old Kingdom Egypt (c. 2,500 BC). I am interested in the reciprocal relationship between people and their monuments, and multiscalar constructions of memory and identity.

In 2016, I left an academic career to work in the cultural heritage industry in Australia. I currently work with living Aboriginal communities to preserve and promote their archaeological past.

Recent Publications

(In press) Assmussen, B and S. Love. Collecting Ancient Egypt: Ancient Egyptian objects in the Queensland Museum. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.

(In Review) Love, S., E. Hubbard, F. Klimscha and D. Rosenberg. Investigating Middle Chalcolithic Mud Brick Production at Tel Tsaf, Israel, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. Submitted December 2017.

S. Love (2017). Field Methods for the Analysis of Mudbrick Architecture. Journal of Field Archaeology 42: 351-363.

S. Love (2016). Archaeology, Architecture and the Senses: Exploring the sensory contribution of building materials, in Mikkel Bille & Tim Flohr Sørensen (eds.) Elements of Architecture: Assembling Archaeology, Atmosphere and the Performance of Building Space. London: Routledge. Pp. 213-230.

S. Love (2013). Architecture as Material Culture: Building form and materiality in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic of Anatolia and Levant. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 32: 746-758.

Butzer, K, E. Butzer and S. Love (2013). “Urban Geoarchaeology and Environmental History at the Lost City of the Pyramids, Giza: Review and discussion”. Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 3340-3366.

S. Love (2013). The Performance of Building and Technological Choices Made Visible in Mudbrick Architecture. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 23: 263-282.

S. Love (2013). An Archaeology of Mudbrick Houses from Çatalhöyük, in I. Hodder (ed.), Substantive Technologies at Çatalhöyük: Reports from the 2000-08 seasons. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute. Pp. 81-96.

S. Love (2012). The Geoarchaeology of Mudbricks Architecture: A methodological study from Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Geoarchaeology 27: 140-156.

S. Love (2007). Materializations of Memory: Remembering and forgetting the Old Kingdom pyramid kings, in J-C Goyon and C. Cardin (eds) Proceedings from the Ninth International Congress of Egyptologists. Leuven: Peeters. Pp. 1169-1180.

S. Love (2006). Stones, Ancestors and Pyramids: Investigating the symbolic landscape of Memphis, in M. Verner and M. Barta (eds) Old Kingdom Art and Archaeology. Prague: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Pp. 209-220.

Piquette, K. and S. Love, eds. (2005) Current Research in Egyptology 2003. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

S. Love (2003). What is in a Name?  Questioning the Name and Location of Memphis, Egypt”. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 14: 70-84.

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Australia, Egypt, Turkey
Expertise by Geography
Australia, Middle East
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic