John H. Taylor

Assistant Keeper
Ancient Egypt; funerary archaeology

Department: Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan 


+44 (0)20 7323 8311

John Taylor holds curatorial responsibility for ancient Egyptian funerary antiquities, amulets and jewellery. He also provides curatorial supervision for the departmental loans programme.

His expertise focuses on funerary objects of the pharaonic period (particularly coffins), mummies and mummification, metal statuary of the first millennium BC, the Third Intermediate Period (c. 1069-664 BC) and the history of Egyptology.

Current projects

  • Technological and stylistic studies of large hollow-cast bronze statuary of the Third Intermediate Period.

Previous projects

  • ‘Mummy: the Inside Story’, exhibition based on the non-invasive investigation of a mummy using 3D visualization.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • Member of excavations sub-committee, Egypt Exploration Society.

  • Member of editorial board, Egyptian Archaeology magazine, Egypt Exploration Society.

  • Member of committee, Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East.

Recent publications

J. H. Taylor, Mummy: the Inside Story (Tokyo, The Asahi Shimbun, 2006)

J. H. Taylor, ‘The Coffin of Padiashaikhet’, in K N Sowada and B G Ockinga (ed.), Egyptian Art in the Nicholson Museum, Sydney (Sydney, Meditarch, 2006), 263-291, pls. 46-54, 63-64

J. H. Taylor, Mummies. Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Treasures from the British Museum, with N C Strudwick (Santa Ana, The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2005)

J. H. Taylor, ‘Egypt. Earlier period’, in S I Johnston (ed.), Religions of the Ancient World. A Guide (Cambridge, Mass., London: Belknap, 2005), pp. 471-5

J. H. Taylor, ‘Scarabs from the Bronze Age tombs at Sidon (Lebanon)’, Levant, 36 (2004), pp. 155-158