Nigel Tallis

Assistant Keeper, Early Mesopotamia collections

Department: Middle East

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Nigel is curator of the Museum¹s collection of Assyrian and Babylonian artefacts, other than cuneiform tablets, dating from 1500 to 539 BC.

Nigel is the curator in charge of the Museum’s later Mesopotamian collections (from 1500 to 539 BC). He is a specialist in the Assyrian period and has research interests in Assyrian art and palace decoration, the study of land and sea transport - especially the development of wheeled vehicles and the use of the horse, and the history and archaeology of warfare in the Middle East in the ancient and early medieval periods. 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 in areas of British social history –especially graphic satire and early photography – and the history of medicine.

Current projects

Publication of the Nimrud bowls.

Previous projects

Co-curator, The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot, British Museum 2012.

Curator, Splendours of Mesopotamia exhibition, Abu Dhabi 2011.

Publication of the Ashurnasirpal II gates from Balawat.

Co-curator ‘Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia’ exhibition, British Museum 2005-06.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

Recent publications

J. Curtis and N. Tallis, “More Thoughts On The Balawat Gates Of Shalmaneser III: The Arrangement Of The Bands”, Iraq 77 (2015)

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 Achaemenid Army in a Near Eastern Context” in The World of Achaemenid Persia, IB Tauris, 2010


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