St John Simpson

St John Simpson is a senior curator in the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum. He has excavated extensively in the Middle East but it was his first experience of travelling across central Asia in 1991 which led him to co-direct nine seasons of excavations at ancient Merv, in present-day Turkmenistan (1992–2000), and develop extensive relations there and in Russia. He was the lead British Museum curator and co-editor of the catalogue for the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia (2017/18). His previous exhibitions include Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World (BM, 2011) and Queen of Sheba: Treasures from Ancient Yemen (BM, 2002), and he also curated the Rahim Irvani Gallery for Ancient Iran at the British Museum (2007).

BOOKS BY THIS CONTRIBUTOR

Masters of the Steppe: The Impact of the Scythians and Later Nomad Societies of Eurasia

ed. St John Simpson

This book presents 45 papers presented at a major international conference held at the British Museum during the 2017 BP exhibition 'Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia'. Papers include new archaeological discoveries, results of scientific research and studies of museum collections, most presented in English for the first time. READ MORE

Paperback: £80.00 | eBook: £16.00

In Context: the Reade Festschrift

ed. St John Simpson

'In Context: the Reade Festschrift' is a collection of invited and peer-reviewed essays by friends and colleagues of Julian Edgeworth Reade, sometime Mesopotamia curator at the British Museum from 1975 to 2000. Here is fresh work from which any reader can gain a new appreciation of the importance of the ancient Near East. READ MORE

Paperback: £60.00 | eBook: £16.00

Softstone: Approaches to the study of chlorite and calcite vessels in the Middle East and Central Asia from prehistory to the present

ed. St John Simpson

Stone containers have been made and used in the Middle East for over eleven millennia where they pre-dated the invention of pottery. This is the first attempt to bring together different approaches to the study of softstone vessels, particularly those carved from varieties of chlorite, and covering all periods from prehistory to the present. READ MORE

Paperback: £45.00 | eBook: £16.00

Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies Volume 38 2008

ed. St John Simpson

Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 2007. READ MORE

Paperback: £49.00

Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies Volume 37 2007

ed. St John Simpson

Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 2006. READ MORE

Paperback: £47.00

Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies Volume 36 2006

ed. St John Simpson

Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 2005. READ MORE

Paperback: £45.00