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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Nigel Tallis

Curator
Assyrian and Babylonian artefacts

Department: Middle East

Contact

+44 (0)20 7323 8906
 

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).

Current projects

Co-curator, The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot

Publication of the Nimrud bowls

Previous projects

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

Recent publications

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