John H. Taylor

Assistant Keeper
Ancient Egypt; funerary archaeology

Department: Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan 



Contact

+44 (0)20 7323 8311
egyptian@britishmuseum.org

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

Taylor, J. H. 2016. ‘The Egyptian Concept of a Royal Necropolis’, in R H Wilkinson and K R Weeks (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings. (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016) 41-53

Taylor, J. H. ‘Intrusive Burials and Caches’, in R H Wilkinson and K R Weeks (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings. (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 20165), 360-372

Cartwright, C. and Taylor, J. H.  ‘Ancient Egyptian funerary food: new insights’, The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 9, (2015) 97-105

Craddock, P., McArthur, G. and Taylor, J. H. ‘The conservation and technical investigation of a hollow-cast Egyptian bronze’, The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 9, (2015) 111-120

Taylor, J. H. New studies on an important group of bronze statues. The British Museum Newsletter, Egypt and Sudan 1 (2014), 13

Taylor, J. H. The Collection of Egyptian Mummies in the British Museum: Overview and Potential for Study. In Regarding the Dead: Human Remains in the British Museum, eds A. Fletcher, D. Antoine and J. D. Hill, Research Publication 197: 103–114. (London: British Museum Press, 2014)

Taylor, J. H. Unravelling the secrets of Egyptian mummies. British Museum Magazine 78 (2014), 28–31

Taylor, J. H. Preliminary Notes on Coffin Fragments discovered in TT 223. In Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis. Thebes, Karakhamun (TT 223), and Karabasken (TT 391) in the Twenty-fifth Dynasty, ed. E. Pischikova, 239–245. (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2014)

Taylor, J. H., Antoine, D. and Vandenbeusch, M. Ancient Lives, new discoveries. Eight mummies, eight stories. (London: British Museum Press, May 2014)

Taylor, J. H. and Antoine, D. Ancient Lives exhibition: the process of discovery. The British Museum Newsletter, Egypt and Sudan 1 (2014), 5

Taylor, J. H. and Antoine, D. ‘Ancient Lives, new discoveries’, Minerva 25/4 (July/August 2014), 22-26

Taylor, J. H. Preliminary Notes on Coffin Fragments discovered in TT 223, in Elena Pischikova (ed.), Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis. Thebes, Karakhamun (TT 223), and Karabasken (TT 391) in the Twenty-fifth Dynasty (Cairo and New York 2014), 239-45

Taylor, J. H. New Radiocarbon Dates for the 21st Dynasty. In A J Shortland and C Bronk Ramsey (eds), Radiocarbon and the Chronologies of Ancient Egypt (Oxbow Books, Oxford and Oakville, 2013), 167-73

Taylor, J. H. Secrets of the Afterlife: Magic, Mummies & Immortality in Ancient Egypt (Western Australian Museum, Perth, 2013)

Taylor, J. H. Masks in Ancient Egypt: The image of divinity, in John Mack (ed), Masks. The Art of Expression, revised edition. (London, British Museum, 2013) 168-189

Taylor, J. H. John Madox: A Diligent Traveller and his Scattered Legacy, in Diane Fortenberry (ed.), Souvenirs and New Ideas. Travel and Collecting in Egypt and the Near East. (Oxford and Oakville, ASTENE and Oxbow Books, 2013) 179-191

Taylor, J. H.  Mummy: Secrets of the tomb. (Queensland Museum, South Brisbane, 2012)

Taylor, J.H. (ed). Journey through the Afterlife. Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. (British Museum Press, 2012)

Taylor, J H (ed), Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. (British Museum Company, London, and Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass, 2010)

Taylor, J H Spells for Eternity. (British Museum Company, London, 2010)

Taylor, J H Egyptian Mummies. British Museum Company, (London, and University of Texas Press, Austin, 2010)

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