Silvia Zago is a Lecturer in Egyptology at the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology of the University of Liverpool, which she joined in 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (Egyptology) from the University of Toronto (2019), where she started her doctoral studies as Connaught International Scholar in 2012. She received an MA in Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East (Egyptology) from the University of Pisa and graduated from Ca' Foscari University of Venice with a BA in Conservation of Cultural Heritage (Near Eastern Archaeology). Her research focuses on ancient Egyptian religion and cosmological notions, as well as on related magic and ritual practices. In particular, she works on the diachronic evolution of the concept of the otherworld ("Duat") in royal and non-royal funerary texts and on how these were interconnected with their material support (tomb walls, burial items, etc.) and the archaeological context in which they appear. Besides being interested in magic and ritual practices in antiquity, she is keen on exploring the conceptualization of the afterlife of other ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern cultures and the mutual exchanges and influences among said cultures.