Gareth Brereton

Project Curator

Department: Middle East 


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Dr. Brereton is a curator for the Ur Digitization Project at the British Museum. He has also worked on a significant acquisition of seals, metalwork and figurines from the Middle East, and was responsible for cataloguing the ceramic collection from Tell Taya in northern Iraq.

His main research field is the funerary archaeology and material culture of early Mesopotamia. He was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship for his PhD research (Institute of Archaeology, UCL), which focused on the transition from Neolithic to urban societies in the greater Mesopotamian region.

Dr. Brereton has participated in numerous fieldwork projects throughout the Middle East. He currently supervises the excavation of a prehistoric settlement in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq (The Sharizor Prehistory Project, UCL and UCL Qatar) and has worked at the site of Ras al-Hadd in Oman with the British Museum.

Current Projects

  • Ur Digitization Project
  • Excavations at Ras al-Hadd, Oman

Previous Projects

  • Digitizing the Lambert collection
  • Cataloguing the ceramic collection from Tell Taya, Iraq

External fellowships/honorary positions

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship/UCL Studentship Award
  • Iran Heritage Foundation Fellowship at The British Museum


G. Brereton, ‘Cultures of infancy and capital accumulation in pre-urban Mesopotamia’. World Archaeology, 45:2 (2013) pp. 232-251