Head of Italian collections
The Etruscans and the rest of pre-Roman Italy, the ancient Olympic Games, metalworking techniques Department: Greece and Rome
Judith Swaddling is head of the Italian collections in the Department and curator of the Etruscan and other antiquities from pre- Roman Italy. She organized the exhibition on The Etruscan World (Room 71), and has held various Etruscan conferences and study days. Her publications in this area are listed below.
Judith has a long association with the ancient Olympic Games, having organized a series of exhibitions on the subject, and the latest version of her book, The Ancient Olympic Games, was published in 2008 (British Museum Press).
Her PhD thesis was about bronze statuary production in ancient Greece.
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Etruscan by Definition
Editing of and contributing to Etruscan by Definition, Papers in Honour of Sybille Haynes, a series of papers on aspects of the Etruscans from the conference held at the British Museum in December 2007.
Compiling the next volume of the British Museum’s catalogue of Etruscan mirrors (Corpus Speculorum Etruscorum).
The Seianti project: leading with Professor John Prag of Manchester University an international team of scholars investigating the sarcophagus and skeletal remains of an Etruscan woman in the British Museum
Various projects on the ancient Olympic Games, as above
External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies
Corresponding Member of the Istituto di Studi Etruschi ed Italici, Florence
Member of the International Scientific Committee for the Corpus of Etruscan Mirrors
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Trustee of the Sybille Haynes Fund for Etruscan and Early Italic Studies
J. Swaddling with P. Perkins (eds), Etruscan by definition. Papers in honour of Sybille Haynes. British Museum Research Publication 173 (London, British Museum Press, 2009).
J. Swaddling, ‘Shake, rattle and rôle. Sistrums in Etruria?’ (with a scientific report by Janet Ambers et al.), in Swaddling and Perkins 2009, 31–47.
J. Swaddling, The Ancient Olympic Games, 3rd edition, (British Museum Press, 2008) (Also joint imprint with Texas University Press, 2008, and published in Chinese, German, Greek, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Turkish.).
J. Swaddling with L. Bonfante, Etruscan Myths, (London, British Museum Press and Texas University Press, 2006). (Also published in Czech and Spanish.).
J. Swaddling with P. Perkins (eds), in Papers from the Etruscans Now conference held at the British Museum December 2002, published as Etruscan Studies (Journal of the Etruscan Foundation) vol. 9, 2006 and vol. 10, 2007).
J. Swaddling with J. Prag (eds), Seianti Hanunia Tlesnasa: the Story of an Etruscan Noblewoman. British Museum Research Paper 100. (London, British Museum Press, 2002).
J. Swaddling, 'A catalogue of Etruscan mirrors in the British Museum', Corpus Speculorum Etruscorum, Gt. Britain 1, I (London, British Museum Press, 2001).