LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Bob Brier, the mummy expert who was host of The Learning Channel’s “The Great Egyptians” series, will discuss his work in Egyptian pyramids during a Nov. 14 event sponsored by the University of Louisville.
Brier’s public talk titled “The Pyramids of Egypt: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again” will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Speed Art Museum Auditorium.
Advance tickets, which are free but required for admission, should be picked up at the Speed Art Museum before the event date; participants must take their seats 10 minutes before the talk begins. The museum at 2035 S. Third St. is open 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Brier, a Long Island University philosophy professor, attracted international attention when he used ancient Egyptian methods to make a modern mummy from a human cadaver in 1994. The effort was considered the first in 2000 years to use the techniques that preserved the pharaohs.
The Egyptologist has written several books including “The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story,” “The Encyclopedia of Mummies” and “Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians.” Besides the six-hour1997 TLC series, Brier’s television projects have included “Unwrapped: The Mysterious World of Mummies” and “Napoleon’s Obsession: The Quest for Egypt.”
Brier recently has been working on a full-scale replica of a 144-foot boat discovered beneath the Great Pyramid in 1954; he plans to sail the vessel on the Nile River.
U of L’s Frederic Lindley Morgan Fund and Allen R. Hite Art Institute are sponsoring Brier’s visit to Louisville.
For more information about Brier, call Benjamin Hufbauer at (502) 852-0442.