Assyrian and Babylonian artefacts
Nigel is curator of the Museum¹s collection of Assyrian and Babylonian artefacts, other than cuneiform tablets, dating from 1500 to 539 BC.
He is a specialist in the history and archaeology of warfare in the Middle East in the ancient and early medieval periods, and in the study of land and sea transport - especially the development of wheeled vehicles and the use of the horse. Nigel's present research project is the publication of the Nimrud Bowls.
Previously Nigel has been a curator in a number of national, specialist and university museums and has published widely on topics related to medical and social history (particularly in the aspects of art and early photography).
Co-curator, The horse: from Arabia
to Royal Ascot
Publication of the Nimrud bowls
Curator, Splendours of Mesopotamia exhibition, Abu Dhabi
Publication of the Ashurnasirpal II gates from Balawat
Co-curator ‘Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia’ exhibition
External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
N. Tallis, The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot, with J. Curtis (eds), British Museum Press, London, 2012
N. Tallis, (ed) Splendours of Mesopotamia, TDIC, Abu Dhabi, 2011
N. Tallis, The Balawat Gates of Ashurnasirpal II, with J. Curtis (eds), British Museum Press, London, 2008.
N. Tallis, Warfare in the Ancient Near East in Warfare in the Ancient World, (ed.) P. DeSouza, London, Thames & Hudson, 2008
N. Tallis, Partho-Sasanian Warfare, in Warfare in the Ancient World, (ed.) P. DeSouza, London, Thames & Hudson, 2008
N. Tallis, Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia, with J. Curtis (eds), British Museum Press, London, 2005