How to write cuneiform
21 January 2021

Learn how to write cuneiform – the oldest form of writing in the world – with curator Irving Finkel, using just a lolly stick and a piece of clay to master the ancient script!

Combatting illicit trade: identifying and returning a 4,000-year-old relief to Iraq
14 December 2020

Curator St John Simpson reveals what happened after he saw a rare plaque from ancient Iraq on an online auction site. 

Fake antiquities made for unsuspecting collectors
5 May 2020

When UK Border Force discovered two trunks of suspicious-looking antiquities, Museum curators were on hand to work out whether they were fakes or the real thing. Here curator St John Simpson explores the illicit trade of fake antiquities…

British Museum’s Iraq Scheme helps reunite objects from ancient site of Tello
10 August 2018

A group of eight historic objects from Tello seized in a Metropolitan Police raid are now going back to Iraq with the help of the British Museum.

Who was Ashurbanipal?
19 June 2018

Warrior. Scholar. Empire builder. King slayer. Lion hunter. Librarian. Take a closer look at the great Assyrian king Ashurbanipal.

The world’s oldest bridge is being preserved in Iraq
4 April 2018

The world’s oldest bridge, located in the south of Iraq, is soon to be to be saved for future generations thanks to the Museum’s pioneering emergency heritage management project.

The Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Training Scheme: an update
24 November 2017

The Museum’s Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Training Scheme began in 2015 to help combat the many threats to the country’s archaeology. Now, learn about some of the project’s important new discoveries.